Just as digital cameras have virtually replaced traditional 35mm “film” cameras, the age of digital x-rays has brought us easier use, clear, high-resolution images, and more versatility with every image, while decreasing radiation to you by as much as 80%.
Instead of using traditional dental films, electronic images of your teeth are captured on a sensor placed in your mouth. They can be immediately viewed on an enhanced computer screen and/or TV screen and easily viewed by you and the dentist.
Digital dental X-rays offer many advantages:
- Digital x-rays require very low levels of radiation.
- Specific problem areas of a tooth can be enlarged with magnification, as well as brightness and contrast. Viewing an enhanced x-ray image on a computer screen can help with a diagnosis. It’s easier for you to see the problem and for the dentist to explain it to you, and review your treatment options.
- Digital x-rays are environmentally friendly. They eliminate the need for film and film processing chemicals that generate biohazardous waste.
- Digital x-rays allow for easing sharing. Digital x-rays can be emailed within minutes and they also can be sent electronically to insurance companies, resulting in faster claim submission.
- Since digital x-rays are stored on our computers, they are far less likely to be misplaced.
Dr. Ramer carefully decides when x-rays, also called radiographs, are necessary. Radiographs are essential to proper treatment because they allow us to see things that we cannot see with our eyes. Like traditional dental x-rays, digital x-rays are used inside the mouth to examine the teeth, the jawbone and dental restorations. Digital x-rays, play an important role in the diagnosis of decay and failing restorations, the correct placement of dental implants and we can also examine the roots and nerves of teeth, diagnose lesions such as cysts or tumors, as well as assess damage when trauma occurs. Digital x-rays are also utilized outside of the mouth to evaluate the upper and lower jaws, the sinuses and the temporomandibular joints.
- Digital X-rays are quickly becoming the standard in dental imaging.