With the changing tides of technology, everyday dental procedures have progressed dramatically. From same-day treatments, one hour teeth whitening, and in-office CT scans, dentists and their patients’ benefit from the modern advancements that technology has brought to patient care. One of the most visible changes is the shift to digital dental x-rays. Although the investment is expensive for some offices to initially make, there are some very big benefits that it brings to each patient:
Digital x-rays use sensitive plates that record the radiographic image, eliminating the need for physical x-ray film. This allows the radiation dose to be decreased, while maintaining the quality of the image. There is as much as a 80-90% reduction in the amount of radiation used.
Traditional dental x-rays took time to take, and then an additional several minutes to process the films, mount them, and retake faulty films if needed. Digital radiographs are instantly viewable on the in-room monitor, eliminating processing time and shortening the patient’s visit by several minutes.
Enhanced patient communication.
Viewing the enlarged HD images on a monitor inside of the treatment room makes it easier for the dentist, hygienist, or assistant to discuss the findings with the patient. By enlarging the image, the patient can also see these differences and have a greater understanding of any treatment needs that are recommended by the dentist.
Moving toward digital radiography is better for you, your health, and the future of your smile. Are you using a dentist that is using digital radiography to enhance the way they care for your teeth? If not, it’s time to find one who is!
Posted on behalf of Dr. Hye Park
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