Digital Radiographs Protect Your Family By Needing 90% Less Radiation
Digital radiography can take x-rays of your teeth with a computer. Digital x-rays not only expose our patients and team to 90% less radiation than most film-type x-rays, they are also much more sensitive when compared with standard dental x-rays. Digital x-rays make it possible for us to easily see the whole tooth and root structure and also surrounding bone and tissue. They offer us an opportunity to identify and diagnose problems before they are noticeable to the naked eye, and before they can cause substantial damage and discomfort.
To get an x-ray, a tiny sensor pad which is connected by a line to a computer system, is put in the mouth. A beam will then be sent through your teeth to the sensor that records the images. The doctors and team members may instantly access the digital x-rays on a monitor to examine the results. No more waiting around for x-rays to develop. We can also share with you the images so you can see what we are explaining with regards to your dental condition.
Subsequently we can save your x-rays in our computers and gain access to them faster than ever before. Furthermore, the images can be sent electronically to insurance agencies, significantly lowering processing time and leading to faster treatment.
How bizzare it feels now to look back on the days our dental practice made use of photographic film x-rays. This will be something that in the future every dental professional will reminisce about with a chuckle, much like 8-track tapes in cars of the past. Actually, that’s if you can recall 8-track tapes. Maybe I should reference cassette tapes. I guess they used to be ground-breaking technology in the world of music.
Dentists have worked with photographic film x-rays since the 19th century. They were not the best option but there was a lack of alternatives. Remember how that big piece of cardboard that kept the film in place was dry and made you feel nauseated? Additionally, the sides hurt your gums. Remember how the dental assistant performed the x-ray and then you would have to wait while they developed it in chemicals that were later discarded, contaminating the clean water cycle? At times, they dried the x-ray films, while other times the films just remained wet. Then, if the x-ray was decent and didn’t have to be taken a second time, you and the doctor would have to squint at this teeny piece of film. The dentist would try to identify decay or other problems, but you wouldn’t be able to see it. Personally, I am thankful that out-of-date tool has been replaced by forward-looking practices such as Berrien Dental.