The diagnosis of many conditions related to the teeth can be made by visual inspection of the teeth surfaces. In some instances, certain changes may not be visible to the naked eye. This necessitates the use of x-ray to detect the underlying problems of the teeth and its supporting structures. Conventional radiographs were the solution for this need. However, they are associated with disadvantages such as, increased exposure time, varying clarity of the images and increased chance of radiographic errors. The advent of digital x-ray has helped us overcome these problems.
One of the newest technologies that have revolutionized the identification process is digital radiography. This method involves the use of digital sensor in place of traditional x-ray films. Therefore, the time required to process the traditional films and the procedural errors associated with it are minimized. Additionally, x-rays are nothing but a form of radiation to which exposure should be very minimal. Traditional methods require considerably longer exposures to x-rays which is contraindicated, especially in pregnant women. Digital x-ray on the contrary requires minimal exposure to x-rays.
Studies that have evaluated the use of digital x-ray have enumerated several benefits of using this new technology. These include:
The digital x-rays also offer images of higher clarity, which helps us identify carious tooth structures that may have been missed with the traditional radiographs.
Based on all these benefits noted, we have opted for digital x-ray in our clinic. This has helped us improve the quality of dental services being provided at our clinic. Better diagnosis and better care for every patient is what we strive for.
If you have questions regarding Digital Radiography (X-Ray), please call 409-835-6257.