X-rays are an essential part of your oral healthcare file. They provide valuable insight, showing everything that is happening under your gums, including the roots of your teeth and the condition of your jawbone. Older X-ray technology relies heavily upon radiation to capture images, which has kept many patients from getting these important images taken. At Oasis Dental, we use the latest technological developments to provide you with the best possible oral health care, including digital X-rays.
Why Are X-Rays So Important?
X-rays are an important tool that allows us to provide you with the best treatments possible. These images show us everything that is happening inside your mouth that cannot be seen with the naked eye. We can see cavities between your teeth, damage to the roots, infections, and the condition of your jawbone (such as bone loss).
The X-rays have another purpose as well. After your particular issue is diagnosed, the images allow us to create an effective treatment plan that will provide you with e best results possible. They can also be used to monitor your healing after treatment, or track deterioration.
What are Digital X-Rays?
Digital X-rays are the latest in X-ray technology. Rather than using radiation to generate your images, digital X-rays use electronics. A sensor, which is hooked up to a computer, is placed in your mouth. With the simple click of a button, we capture images. What’s more, the images are displayed almost immediately on the computer monitor for examination and diagnosis.
Reduced Radiation Exposure
One of the biggest reasons that most dental patients avoid X-rays is because of the exposure to radiation. Because digital X-rays rely on electronics to generate your images, there is significantly less radiation exposure. In fact, radiation exposure is reduced up to 95%.
More of Your Appointment is Spent with You
Traditional X-rays need to be developed in a dark room. Not only does this take us out of your exam room to do so, but it also takes a significant amount of time. This is the valuable time that is being wasted while you sit in the office chair, waiting. With digital X-rays, your images appear almost instantaneously on the computer monitor, right in the same room. We don’t have to leave to get them. More of your appointment time is devoted to you, helping you to understand your diagnosis and answer any questions you may have.
More Accurate Diagnosis
Digital images can be manipulated in many ways. We can zoom in and enhance them. We can also add color, show images in black and white, or even show them in negative. All of these features allow us to make a more accurate diagnosis and a more effective treatment plan.
In the past, your X-rays were stored in your physical file. These files could grow quite large. Moreover, then, when it came time for your next appointment, we would have to dig through the file to find the images we needed. Now, your information is stored digitally, and your X-rays can be too. This means that on your next appointment, we can easily access your older images and place them side by side with your newer images. The images can even be placed one on top of the other to see even the smallest changes.
Digital X-rays allow us the ability to provide you with the best possible oral care. For more information, contact Oasis Dental today at (360) 836-1100!