Do you use Traditional Film X-Rays or something Better?
We offer one of the latest technological advances in dentistry with digital radiography, also known as digital x-rays.
Will I need Digital X-Rays during my Visit to your Provo Dentist Office?
Most surgeries and dental exams require patients to undergo a digital x-ray of certain areas or their whole mouth so that our dentists are able to make an accurate diagnosis and prescribe treatment. The most common reasons why dentists use digital x-rays in regular check ups is to look for cavities, check for signs of gum or periodontal disease, evaluate the status of developing teeth, look at tooth roots and the bony areas around the tooth, and look at a patient’s general dental health for any problem areas.
How are Digital X-Rays Obtained?
A wireless sensor is placed in the patient’s mouth, and a computer is able to generate an image in 30 seconds as opposed to the general 4 to 6 minute long wait for images to be taken on dental film. This is a huge reduction in time sitting in the dentist’s chair!
Are Digital X-Rays Better than Traditional X-Rays?
Digital x-rays work out to be less expensive as costly dental film development is taken out of the equation and the process is more comfortable as it takes less than a minute to complete. Since they are a high-quality digital image, these x-rays can also be enhanced through various levels of contrast and can be enlarged on the computer. This technology means our dentists see more than they could ever before and are able to detect conditions before they begin to cause serious issues.
What are some other Advantages of Digital X-Rays?
Digital x-rays serve as electronic records of a patient’s dental health, which can be stored for future reference or even, when necessary, transferred to specialists. Not only are they friendly to the environment, but they are much safer than traditional x-rays. Exposure to radiation through traditional x-rays had damaging effects on patient's teeth. With digital radiographs, a patient's radiation exposure is reduced by 70 percent!