Digital Radiography Reveals Root Issues
Wouldn't it be nice if a dentist could somehow look painlessly into your mouth, clearly identify every external and internal anatomical structure, and accurately diagnose your dental problems…all within seconds and with minimal radiation exposure? And what if that information could be immediately translated into a large, clear, accurate image, allowing you and your dentist to discuss it together? This may sound too good to be true, but thanks to a relatively new dental imaging process called digital radiography, it’s real.
Reduced Radiation, Radical Results
Traditionally, dentists find out what’s going on inside your mouth by taking a series of x-rays, developing them in a darkroom full of chemicals, and then examining the resulting films on a special light board. This cumbersome process is entirely outmoded by digital radiography. Now, you simply relax in the dental chair while a tiny ‘sensor’ is positioned briefly inside your mouth. The sensor acts like a miniature VCR camera, except that its chip is sensitive to x-rays, not light. The result? For one, our patients are exposed to 50%-90% less radiation than with traditional x-ray techniques.
What’s more, a highly detailed image is almost instantaneously translated onto our computer screen, carrying with it all the conveniences of other digitized images: it can be rotated, magnified, adjusted for contrast, and even colour-coded for educational purposes. Further, we can store it easily and efficiently in our computer files, eliminating paper files as well as image wear and tear. For insurance purposes, referrals, or patient education, it can be easily, inexpensively and faithfully reproduced any number of times.