Reliable Radiography: The Benefits of Digital X-Rays

Quality imaging equipment is crucial to providing patients with adequate dental care. Dentists rely on x-rays to identify dental problems, guide themselves during treatments, and educate patients about dental hygiene. Digital x-rays let dentists take images safely and effectively, offering the following benefits:

Reduced Radiation Exposure

By using digital x-rays, dentists can significantly reduce their patients’ exposure to radiation. Digital imaging does not produce as much radiation as film does, and because it takes pictures faster, patients don’t have to be exposed for as long. Doctors who use digital imaging are still encouraged to cover patients with lead aprons and take other methods to minimize patients’ exposure.

Higher Quality Imaging

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, and the dental industry is no exception. The sooner dentists can catch cavities and other dental problems, the easier and less expensive the treatment can be. Catching dental problems early, however, requires quality imaging equipment. Compared to film x-rays, digital imaging allows dentists to take more precise, detailed pictures of patients’ teeth. A digital image is much more likely to pick up cavities when they’re still small enough to be fixed with non-invasive fluoride treatments. They can also catch development problems, cysts, bone loss, tumors, and decay earlier than other forms of x-rays can.

Because digital x-rays take more detailed pictures, dentists who use them are less likely to have to re-take their pictures. Digital scans also develop immediately, reducing patient wait times and allowing doctors to act more quickly during complex dental procedures.

Improved Enhancement

When combined with the right software, digital imaging provides ample opportunities to enhance and mark dental images. These enhancements including changing the brightness and contrast of the images, magnifying problem areas, and coloring different areas to reflect density and size. Not only does this aid dentists during procedures, but it also makes patient education easier. Patients can more easily understand dentists’ instructions when they are accompanied by enhanced images, which makes them more likely to cooperate with dentists and support their decisions.

Other Benefits

Simplified Storage – Whereas film x-rays create physical copies of the pictures, digital ones upload the images directly to a computer database. This eliminates the need to file and code dental images, and it allows dentists to pull up old images more quickly.

No Dark Rooms – Digital x-rays eliminate the need for dark rooms and their associated time consumption, inconvenience, and exposure to chemicals and foul odors. Eliminating dark rooms also reduces the likelihood that something will go wrong during the development process.

Easy Exchange – Dentists who need to share patients’ data with other practitioners can quickly and easily send it along, making collaboration easier.

Ease of Use – Dentists, dental hygienists, and dental assistants can learn to use digital imaging with minimal training or assistance.

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