An oral exam is an essential part of taking care of your mouth. However, what can be seen when we look inside your mouth is only a part of the picture. There are so many parts of your mouth hidden under your gums, including the roots of your teeth, your periodontal ligaments, and your jawbone. X-rays allow us to see all of these hidden structures. At National Dental Hicksville, we use the latest in dental X-ray technology – digital x-rays.
Unlike traditional X-ray technology, which relies on radiation to capture images, digital X-ray technology relies on electronics. Taking images is simple. An electronic sensor, which is hooked up to a computer, is placed inside your mouth. All we need to do is click a button, and within a few seconds, the images appear on the screen.
In the past, all of your information, including your developed X-rays, were stored in a physical folder and filed into a cabinet. Over time, your file grew. There was a risk of images getting lost or damaged, and there would be no way to recover them. Today, all of your information, including your X-rays, are stored digitally, in a computer file. We can easily, and quickly, access any information we need.
Special software for digital X-rays provides us with the ability to manipulate the images in ways we could never do with traditional X-rays. We can zoom in on suspicious areas, and enhance the picture for clarity. The images can also be displayed in the negative, color or black and white, allowing us to spot even small issues we might never have been able to see otherwise. This helps us to get a more accurate diagnosis, and provide treatment before the issues become serious.
Traditional X-rays rely heavily on radiation to generate images. For many patients, this has posed a serious issue. Digital X-rays, however, rely on electronics, significantly reducing your radiation exposure. In most cases, your exposure is reduced up to 95%, easing the fears of many patients who have had objections to X-rays in the past.
When traditional X-ray images needed to be developed, we would have to use special chemicals. These chemicals are not environmentally friendly. Digital X-rays eliminate the need for these harsh chemicals anymore. In fact, digital X-ray images don’t need to be developed at all. Instead, the images are almost instantly displayed on the computer screen after they have been taken.
Because we no longer have to leave the room and spend valuable appointment time developing your images, your entire appointment is spent with you. Once your images appear, we can immediately begin inspecting them for issues. We can explain to you everything we see and help you to understand any diagnoses that are made. We can also go over your treatment options and answer any questions that you might have. We can also help you to notice changes in your mouth by pulling up older images and comparing them side by side (or placing one over the other) to point out differences.
Digital X-rays provide numerous benefits, for both you as well as for us. For more information on our digital X-rays, contact National Dental Hicksville today at (516) 629-5086!