January 15, 2017
Technological advancements transform all industries, including the dental industry. With the use of the latest advancements, dentists can enhance patient care while providing more accurate and precise diagnosis and treatments. Among one of the best technologies to revolutionize dental care are digital x-rays. When compared to traditional film x-rays, the use of digital technology offers superior benefits. As a dentist in South Hadley, we embrace the benefits digital x-rays offer to provide our patients with world-class dental care.
Why are X-Rays Important?
X-rays are an essential component to delivering quality dental care by providing a deeper visualization into a patient’s oral health other than what can be seen with the naked eye. As a result, we are able to accurately diagnosis and treat dental problems by reviewing the images. Overall, we gain a whole picture into your oral health with images that provide a high level of detail.
X-rays allow dentists to not just see the tooth, but also see the bone and supporting tissues. This allows us to find cavities, view the roots of the tooth, and check the health of the bone surrounding the teeth. We can even use the images to monitor the development of teeth.
X-rays are not just limited to the hard tissues of oral health. We can use x-rays to diagnosis periodontal disease, while also detecting the presence of cysts, abscesses, and other masses. Without x-rays, we would not be able to provide the quality care needed to maintain superior oral health.
Why are Digital X-Rays Best?
Traditional x-rays are often controversial because they expose a patient to radiation. Over time, the exposure to radiation can lead to serious health problems. However, digital x-rays significantly decrease the amount of radiation exposure. In fact, research shows that digital x-rays use 80% less radiation when compared to traditional x-rays.
In addition to being a safer option, digital images enhance patient comfort. With traditional x-rays, patients have to bite on papers. This often causes awkward biting, jaw cramps, and pressure. However, with digital images, a sensor is placed within the mouth that is connected to a computer using a thin wire. This allows images to be captured without the discomfort.
When the images are viewed, there is no comparison between the quality of digital images when compared to traditional x-rays. Not only are the images available almost immediately, but the images contain a higher quality resolution. The images can also be resized and enlarged to make viewing even easier.
Patient documentation is far simpler with digital images as they are simply uploaded to a data base. If the images need to be shared with an insurance company or another dental provider, they can easily be transferred to another location via email. The images are always available for reviewing through the data base.
Overall, digital x-rays have simplified dental care while enhancing the care we deliver. At Newton Street Dental, we provide our patients with the latest dental technologies, including digital x-rays, because we believe you should benefit from the best.
If you are ready for a state-of-the-art dental practice, contact our office today to schedule a consultation.
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