X-rays have enabled dentists all over the world to accurately diagnose patients and provide treatment that is best for the situation at hand. There has been a relatively recent advancement in this technology in the form of digital radiography (digital x-rays) that provide key advantages to further aid in patient care. At East Lyme Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery we want to provide technology that benefits both our staff and patients.
What Are Digital X-rays?
An x-ray refers to rays produced to scan the mouth and produce images that highlight bone and tissue. Traditionally, film is used to produce these images - much like an analog camera. This form of radiography works well, but there is room for improvement which is where digital x-rays fill the gap.
Digital radiography also uses x rays to scan the mouth, but the key difference is that the rays are intercepted by x-ray sensitive plates to allow quick transfer to a computer for immediate viewing. And instead of using film to take photos, images are taken using a digital image capture device.
What Are The Advantages?
There are major advantages when it comes to digital radiography. Not every office has converted quite yet, but as the years go on, traditional x-ray equipment is being swapped out across the US. The initial cost and training required may be daunting at first, but we believe it pays off in the end for machines that will be used nearly every business day for years.
Convenience and Cost Efficiency
Conventional radiography equipment uses film to take photos and one of the disadvantages with this is that we are not able to view photos immediately or transfer them to other stations and devices. There’s also the cost factor, buying film is quite expensive and you might remember this experience yourself in the days when analog cameras were popular. With digital radiography, we are able to take as many scans as we need to and quickly share them.
There are a lot of people concerned with the radiation produced with x-ray scans. Thankfully, digital radiography produces 75% less radiation, meaning that you can have peace of mind.
With digital radiography, we are able to take larger, more detailed photos. The scans produced from conventional radiography are of high quality, but they are not as large as we’d like sometimes. Dental treatment is oftentimes a process of viewing fine details, and being able to view a large scan and zoom in as needed makes the analysis easier. This, of course, results in a more accurate diagnosis. And as touched on earlier, these scans can be quickly transferred to dentists and orthodontists for referrals - communication between staff is important in a clinic.
We at East Lyme Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery believe that better technology results in superior dentistry overall. Being able to analyze and diagnose conditions more accurately means that patients can rest easy knowing that they are getting the professional care they expect. We would be happy to help you with your mouth restoration needs. If you would like to ask us any questions or schedule an appointment with us, you can call our office at (860) 934-7809.