As dentists, we are committed to delivering the highest quality of care to all of our patients and applying advancements in technology and science to continually improve your oral health status. X-rays help the dentist evaluate and definitively diagnose many oral diseases and conditions. We believe that digital x-rays provide us with state-of-the-art technology, thereby allowing us to provide our patients with the best dental treatment available.
Advantages of Digital X-Rays
Immediate observation of radiographic images
Immediacy of viewing the image is a significant clinical advantage in accomplishing many oral procedures. Digital x-rays can be viewed within seconds on a computer monitor, which makes digital radiography highly desirable.
Ability to enhance images
Digital radiography allows the dentist to change contrast (to lighter or darker), enlarge images, place color enhancements, or superimpose various textures on images. All of these changes of the original image facilitate easier detection of any pathology that is present, and they also allow immediate and effective patient education.
Pulling up specific stored radiographic images from a computer database is easy because of the highly organized nature of computer file storage. Patients who have been in any specific practice for many years have charts that are enormous because of the accumulation of bulky conventional radiographs organized in their plastic or cardboard holders. Conversely, it is amazing to observe how much data can be stored in the relatively miniscule space occupied by a computer, and how easily and rapidly the data can be retrieved.
Communication with other practitioners
One of the most useful advantages of digital radiography is the ability it gives clinicians to send images to other practitioners in a matter of minutes, even while the patient in question is being treated. The easiest and most commonly used method to send images is via email.
The reduction in radiation offered by digital radiography - usually 70 to 80 percent, and at times even more - allows multiple images for the same radiation exposure involved in a single image obtained via conventional radiography. This reduction in radiation is especially important in procedures in which multiple images frequently are needed.
Ease of use
Overall the digital concept is easier, cleaner, and certainly faster than conventional radiography.