Digital Radiography

Traditional x-rays or radiographs are taken on photographic-style films that need to be chemically developed. Now, thanks to technology, at Enhance Family Dental, we have another option – digital radiographs.

Digital radiography is a technologically advanced form of x-ray imaging that uses digital sensors instead of photographic films to create high-definition images. These images are electronically captured and can be viewed on the office’s computer.

Uses of Digital Radiographs in Dentistry

Brian Hill, DDS and use digital radiographs to examine the state of your teeth and facial bones. These include:
•  Infections and fractures in your jawbone and teeth
•  Cavities or areas of decay below fillings
•  Periodontal disease
•  Abscess and cysts
•  Development of some types of tumors

Types of Digital Radiographs

Here are some of the types of diagnostic radiographs taken at Enhance Family Dental:

Periapical Radiographs

These radiographs highlight a few teeth at a time and their images are captured by a small film card inserted into the mouth. The image shows the tooth from the top of the crown to where it anchors to the jaw. It is used in the treatment of advanced periodontal disease.

Panoramic Radiographs

As the name indicates, these radiographs capture a wraparound image of your mouth. They are used to check the position of your teeth and jaw and detect oral tumors and cysts.

Cephalometric Radiographs

These radiographs capture the image of the entire skull, usually in profile. These are very effective in detecting misalignment of the jaw that can result in bite issues and sleep apnea.

Bite-Wing Radiographs

These radiographs highlight the upper and lower molars and premolars to show how these teeth come into contact with each other (occlude). It helps analyze tooth decay and cavities in your back teeth and determine the condition of tooth fillings and crowns.

Occlusal Radiographs

Occlusal radiographs show the bite of the upper and lower jaw and highlight tooth development in children.

Benefits Of Digital Radiographs Over Conventional X-Rays

Digital radiographs enhance the patient-dentist experience in many ways.
•  Exact measurements are taken right off the screen
•  Radiographic images can be enlarged, colored, darkened, and lightened
•  Radiographs can be printed on paper for patients and placed into patient’s online medical files
•  Images can be electronically sent to insurance companies and specialists for consultation
•  It reduces the cost of processing chemicals, films, and dark rooms
•  Radiation levels are up to 90 percent reduced, resulting in a safer procedure
•  Time, money, and paper saved by storing images electronically

Radiation Exposure Concerns

Many people worry that x-rays are not safe and exposure from the rays can cause cell mutations and cancers. However, chances of such a possibility are low, and the benefits far outweigh the risks. Additionally, digital radiographs are much safer than traditional radiographs as they reduce the amount of radiation exposure by up to 90 percent.

However, pregnant women should let us know they are expecting before they have an x-ray. Though the risk of x-rays on fetuses is small, we may consider another imaging test.

Digital radiography is a revolutionary technology for the early detection and treatment of oral health issues. If you suspect you have oral problems, call us at (586) 666-4950 and schedule an appointment.

(586) 666-4950
37540 Gratiot Ave, Clinton Township, MI 48036

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