The use of digital X-ray technology in dental practices is a step forward in understanding and managing each patient’s dental health, both safely and efficiently. Let’s take a look at the benefits digital X-rays bring to you and your family!
While dentists, and all medical professionals, strive to minimize any amount of radiation exposure to patients, digital X-rays inherently provide better protection than other technologies. Digital sensors and plates are more sensitive making the required radiation for images about 80% less than traditional film X-rays. This reduction is important, as we know our patients look for ways to reduce radiation exposure for themselves and their families.
While the dentist will continue to examine the mouth for disease visually at each visit, digital dental X-rays provide unmatched clarity and detail into any problems that may exist. With digital X-rays, dentists can now clearly view small areas of hidden decay between teeth or even below existing fillings. Bone infections, gum disease, cysts or abscesses, and even tumors or other abnormalities can be easily spotted.
Most patients don’t like the amount of time each traditional film X-ray had taken in the past, when X-rays had to be retaken, and the minutes waiting for the film to be processed and reviewed. Digital X-rays use better-designed electronic sensors and provide the dentist with an instant view of a patient’s mouth and teeth. No film is developed, and images are transmitted electronically and immediately. Because of these electronic files, if X-rays ever need to be sent to a specialist or other practitioner, it can be done quickly via email or file share.
With digital X-rays, dentists can thoroughly examine all aspects of the mouth. X-rays can be manipulated for different views, contrasted or colored, and images can be zoomed in to get an even closer examination of the detail. These features provide much better inspection of any issues in the mouth, which ensures even greater dental care and service.
Digital X-ray requires no chemical processing or disposal of waste or lead foil as is needed with traditional film X-rays. Also, because dental images are stored and transmitted electronically, there’s no requirement to use extra film, paper or documents, or storage facilities to keep these patient records.
Barron Family Dental feels it’s important to offer patients only the very best in dental services. We’re proud to have invested in digital X-ray technology for our practice and offer this enhanced service to our patients. Contact us at (303) 284-6463 for more information or to set up an appointment!