April 10, 2015
The X-Ray is the sliced bread of the dental practice, the piece of technology all dentists take for granted, but without which they wouldn’t really know what to do.
Schaumburg Dentist Digital XrayDiscovered at the turn of the century, this imaging technology has been revolutionary in providing the detailed and accurate pictures that allow dentists to make their diagnoses and treatments every day. Yet in the same way digital photography has replaced film in almost every industry, digital radiography is revolutionizing dental practices by making imaging cheaper, faster, safer, easier, and more accurate.
If you’re anywhere close to my age, you probably remember a time when all pictures were taken with film and analog cameras. Was it worth all the effort of buying film, loading it, taking a limited number of pictures without even knowing what they look like, processing the film (either by hand or ata lab), making prints, and saving them in a folder or album? The answer is, undoubtedly, yes—but we certainly don’t miss any of that.
Digital X-Rays are cheaper because they don’t require film or any bulky apparatuses. Pictures can be taken and viewed instantly, exposure can be adjusted in real-time, and resolution is much, much higher. And because the technology is so easy to use, almost anyone in the office can be trained to perform these scans. All of this allows dentists to provide a higher quality of care for our patients while simultaneously reducing costs.
It’s easy to see why better treatment for a lower price is advantageous to dental patients everywhere. But digital X-Rays provide another benefit that patients have been asking for for years: less radiation.
Since it is confined to small segments of the mouth and jaw, and released in short bursts, the amount of radiation used in traditional dental X-Rays is very low. Nevertheless, concerns about radiation from X-Rays are becoming more and more common in dental offices, leading to less imaging and a greater margin of error in preventative treatment. Most digital X-Ray technology uses more than 75% less radiation that conventional imaging, which should be enough to set anyone’s concerns aside.