As oral health professionals, we are constantly exploring new options in technology to help better care for our patients. Somewhat recently, the new standard in X-ray technology for the dental community has become digital x-rays.
Digital X-rays offer a variety of benefits. One of the most important is that digital radiography limits the patient’s exposure to radiation. Radiation can be dangerous in high doses, so limiting this exposure as much as possible is important to the overall health of the patient. The results of a digital X-ray are also instant just like a digital camera – they can be seen on a screen immediately after they are taken and analyzed right there at your appointment. These images can be projected onto a television screen, helping you to understand exactly what your dental situation is. This technology can lead to a quicker diagnosis and treatment plan.
Because they are digital, these X-ray images can also be saved on a computer, making them more efficient and convenient than previous X-ray methods. Your X-rays can be easily archived and pulled at any time for future use. Digital X-rays are better for the environment as they do not produce the same waste as traditional X-rays. They are also more cost-efficient over time – benefitting both the dentist and the patient. Also, the images taken via a digital X-ray can be altered slightly to help increase visibility, making them a useful diagnostic tool.
Here at Hidden Ravines Dental, we are committed to giving our patients the best experience possible. That is why we utilize digital X-rays and constantly look for new technologies to help advance our care.