At National Dental Melville, we take your oral health very seriously. To provide you with the best possible care, we conduct thorough exams of your mouth. What we can see upon initial inspection, however, is only a part of the whole picture. X-rays are an essential part of your oral healthcare record, and they allow us to see all hidden structures inside your mouth – between your teeth, the roots of your teeth, your jawbone, and your periodontal ligaments. To take your images, we use digital X-rays.
Digital X-rays use electronic technology to capture images (and develop them), as opposed to traditional X-rays that rely on radiation. The process is easy. We place an electronic sensor, which is hooked up to a computer, into your mouth. We then click a button on our computer, and the image is captured. In just a few seconds, the image is displayed on the computer monitor.
Storing Your Images Digitally
In the past, all of your dental information, including images, were stored in a physical paper file. Over time, this file could become quite large. Information and images could become lost or damaged in the file, and would not be able to be retrieved. At National Dental, all of your information is stored in a digital file. This includes your X-ray images. When we need to pull up older X-rays, we can do so easily with the click of a few buttons.
Enhancing Images for Better Diagnoses
Thanks to specialized software, we can manipulate your digital X-rays in a variety of different ways. We can zoom in on suspect areas, and enhance the image for a clearer picture. We can change the color display from black and white to full color, to negative. All of these features allow us to spot even the smallest issues in the earliest stages, allowing us to take action before they become something more serious.
Less Exposure to Radiation
Traditional X-rays rely on radiation to capture images. This caused many issues for many dental patients. However, digital X-ray technology relies on electronics instead. In fact, your exposure to radiation with digital X-rays is reduced up to 95%!
Reduced Environmental Impact
After traditional X-rays were captured, the images needed to be developed. This was done in a dark room, using special chemicals. These chemicals are not very environmentally friendly. With digital X-rays, your images don’t need to be developed at all. They simply show up on our monitor. This greatly reduces the environmental impact.
More Time Spent with You
To develop images, we used to leave the room and go to a darkroom. Here, it could take quite a while, and you would be left waiting in the exam room. Precious minutes of your appointment were wasted while the images were being developed, which could result in a rushed appointment. Digital X-ray images show up almost immediately on our computer monitor. We don’t even have to leave the room. Your entire appointment is spent with you. We can go over your image, pointing out different issues and explaining what they mean. We can discuss your treatment options and answer any questions that you might have. This allows you to get the most out of every minute of your appointment.
Digital X-rays help us to improve the quality of your oral care. For more information, call National Dental Melville today at (631) 816-2277.