digital radiography

At Metropolitan Dental Care, our Denver dentists use digital radiography in place of traditional x-rays. This advanced technology offers many benefits for images of the teeth and surrounding structures. Therefore, our dentists can correctly diagnose conditions that may otherwise go undetected.

Above all, proper treatment requires an accurate understanding of the entire mouth and jaw. Digital x-rays offer more precision than traditional film.

radiographic examinations help the dentist detect:

  • Cavities between teeth
  • Decay that extends into the root
  • Tooth infection (abscesses or cysts)
  • Gum disease
  • Tooth and bone loss
  • Unerupted teeth
  • Impacted teeth that may need extraction
  • Tumors
  • Trauma, including damage that may require a dental crown
  • Abnormal tooth development
  • Proper placement for a dental implant or dental bridge

advantages of digital radiography

Compared to traditional x-rays, digital images have several advantages. For instance, they are more efficient and offer better quality with less radiation exposure. Similarly, they are easy to store and share. Overall, this means improved patient outcomes and consultation capabilities.

For instance, consider the differences between digital and film cameras. If you’ve used a film camera, you understand the frustrations. Dealing with film and waiting for it to develop causes delays. However, with digital cameras, you can immediately see, share, and modify images.

Firstly, x-ray images offer instant viewing without the need for image processing. Therefore, without the need for a dark room, chemicals, or personnel to process films, overall costs are reduced.

Secondly, your dentist can show you diagnostic imaging on a monitor right in the treatment room.

Thirdly, the digital technology offers improved image quality and allows for adjustments in exposure. In addition, it allows for correction of errors and zooming in on areas of concern. As a result, digital images offer more precise detail and accurate diagnosis.

Because of this, the need for repeated exposure is reduced or removed. Moreover, the radiographic beam can be smaller. Therefore, x-ray exposure is much less.

Computer images of x-rays also allow for easy storage and back up. This decreases clutter and reduces storage space needs.

On top of that, computer images allow for easy sharing. Therefore, all doctors involved in your care have easy access. This also means that you do not need to pick up and deliver films.

As an added benefit, digital x-rays allow our office to remain compliant with HIPPA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act). And most importantly, when backed up properly, the images are safe. In other words, we don’t need to worry about losing them from unexpected things, such as water or fire.

how does digital radiography work?

dental hygienist working on patientDigital radiography uses x-ray sensitive plates to directly capture data. Intraoral x-rays use a small image receptor (electronic sensor). This receptor is placed in the mouth to obtain images.

The digital information immediately transfers to a computer system. This allows instant image availability for your dentist and hygienist. There is no need to wait for image processing. In addition, digital x-rays offer reduced radiation exposure.