What Is Digital Radiography (Digital Imaging)?
Digital imaging, or digital radiography, is a valuable diagnostic tool frequently used in dentistry, as well as other disciplines. It is an innovative technique that uses a computer to efficiently manipulate and store X-ray images. Using this technology provides immediate results, readily available for sharing and discussion with patients and with other medical or dental professionals.
Why Use Digital Imaging For Dentistry?
Since X-rays are always a part of comprehensive preventative and curative dental treatment, digital radiography is especially helpful in this field. As an objective means of delivering visual information, digital imaging assists in:
- Detecting cavities
- Implementing cosmetic treatments such as tooth whitening
- Evaluating the results of treatments for plaque and gingivitis
- Measuring for endodontic procedures
- Measuring for surgical implantations
Digital imaging is also important and effective in tracking the progress of orthodontic treatment.
Advantages Of Dental Digital Imaging
X-rays have long been considered an important part of dental care. The new technology that enables dentists to use digital X-rays has several advantages over traditional X-rays. These include:
- Immediate diagnostic results
- Reduced radiation exposure
- Electronic storage of data
- High-quality image production
How Long Does Digital Imaging Take?
The accelerated speed of the digital process, in which the need for a darkroom and chemical processing is unnecessary, is especially important during surgical procedures when time is of the essence. When digital X-rays are taken, usable images are available within seconds, rather than minutes.
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Cone Beam Technology In Digital Imaging
The use of Cat Scans (CBCT, or Cone Beam Computerized Tomography) has dramatically revolutionized the way in which Dentists can view critical structures in the jaws, mouths and surrounding regions. The ability to three-dimensionally view these areas now allows for the most accurate planning and placement of implants, facilitating the greatest advance in Implant success to date. Our surgeons have these wonderful machines in their offices for patient/doctor convenience and we utilize them, when necessary, to help diagnose and plan our cases.
Is Dental Imaging Safe?
While exposure to dental X-rays has generally been considered safe, digital X-rays reduce the patient’s radiation exposure by more than 50 percent.