Digital radiography is a type of x-ray imaging that utilizes digital x-ray sensors in place of conventional photographic x-ray film to produce an amplified digital image of your teeth, gums, and other oral structures. It is widely used for the evaluation of the total oral health of individuals. It is one of the latest advancements in dental imaging and now has become the leading standard everywhere. Digital dental radiography helps our professionals to detect and diagnose oral diseases in a more comprehensive way. We at HomeTown Dental at Alliance have been using this cutting-edge technology for years and are more than happy to answer any questions you might have about this piece of equipment.
The Benefits of Digital Dental Radiography
Digital dental radiography is better compared to conventional imaging as the film can be processed and prepared in much less time. In addition, exposure to radiation is 70% less than the traditional method. Digital radiographs are also better at revealing the small, hidden areas of decay between teeth or teeth fillings, gum disease and development abnormalities that cannot be detected with a visual dental examination. It is easy to view the digital radiographs instantly on any monitor screen, transfer them to another dentist, adjust the contrast and detail without compromising the quality depending upon the need. In addition, it is more environmentally friendly as compared to the old method from the materials used to construct it.
Digital imaging has found its way into cosmetic uses as well. The major downside of digital dental radiography is that it is a bit pricier compared to previous technologies. Another potential issue is the fact that most digital sensors cannot be sterilized and thus require protective barriers that are changed for every patient.
Types and Uses of Digital Dental Radiographs
In digital dental radiography, a sensor is inserted into your mouth to obtain images of your teeth. The digital sensor is electronic and is connected to a computer. Our professionals can then instantly view the images to give accurate and fast diagnoses.
Digital radiographs are taken inside as well as outside the mouth. Intraoral x-rays - x-rays taken from inside the mouth - are the most commonly-taken dental x-rays and provide an easier method in assessing teeth, cavities, and bone health. Extraoral x-rays - x-rays that are taken from outside the mouth - are used for the detection and monitoring of impacted teeth, jaw growth, development, and identification of potential problem between teeth, jaws and facial bones. There are several types of extraoral x-rays depending upon the oral health matter to be investigated such as panoramic x-rays, sialography, cephalometric projection, and multi-slice computed tomography.
Before and After Digital Radiography
How often you get digital x-rays depends upon your age, current oral health, symptoms of oral disease and most importantly, the recommendation of our professionals. Dental x-rays do not require any special preparation beforehand. However, it is strictly advised to brush your teeth before the appointment to ensure a hygienic environment for our professionals. After the images are ready, we check for any abnormalities after reviewing them. If there is any problem like tooth decay or cavities, our team will discuss the treatment options with you.
For more information regarding any specific digital radiography or any general question about your oral health call HomeTown Dental at Alliance at 682-204-5777 today.
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Fort Worth, Texas 76177-2031
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