Digital x-rays are an excellent diagnostic tool for assessing the health of your teeth, bones, and mouth. They not only provide an improved image quality of your oral cavity but also reduce your radiation exposure. At Stonegate Family Dentistry, we use the information rendered by these X-rays to help treat our patients better and extend the best care possible.
Why Are Digital Dental X-Rays Important?
The information collected from digital X-rays can be crucial for several reasons, but none more so than the ability to identify potentially harmful conditions. Many oral health problems aren’t noticeable to the dentist or the patient without some extra investigation. For example, dental X-rays can show the early signs of gum disease, as well as developing tooth infections and decay. In addition to these common issues, dental X-rays can reveal serious problems, including cancerous tumors. Your dentist will be able to recognize bone loss, uneven development, and much more before the situation can cause some serious harm to your health.
What Are the Benefits of Digital Dental X-rays?
Digital dental X-rays can take multiple intra-oral X-rays in a short time with far less radiation exposure than conventional radiography. This means you get a comprehensive and systematic treatment plan with up to 85 percent less radiation exposure.
Using this advanced technology, we take an X-ray of your mouth using a small sensor that captures the image of your teeth and sends it to our computer. The computer then transmits a highly detailed image of your mouth that can be enlarged, enhanced, sharpened, and colorized. These sharp images help us to efficiently diagnose dental conditions and determine the treatment you need.
- Less Impact on the Environment
Traditional X-ray fixers contain chemicals that can cause irritation to the eye, skin, and respiratory tract and can be extremely unsafe if inhaled or ingested. Prolonged exposure can cause organ damage. Digital imaging can eliminate the use of harsh chemicals associated with traditional radiography. As a result, they help make our environment a safer, healthier place.
- Digital Storage Capabilities
Digital X-rays can be easily archived in a patient’s digital file to be reviewed instantly at any given time. In addition, X-rays can be superimposed with images taken earlier so you can visually see the progress made during your treatment related to your tooth movement, bone loss or growth, restoration work, fillings, or root canals.
As digital X-rays take multiple images and display them instantly, the time spent capturing X-rays is significantly reduced. The precision of digital x-rays also allows us to plan our treatments more effectively because we can readily see what needs to be done.
If you are interested in learning more about the fantastic benefits of digital dental X-rays and our other services, call Stonegate Family Dentistry, Dentist in Murfreesboro, TN today at (615) 624-6919 to set an appointment.