Digital radiography is an amazing innovation in dental technology. In fact, it really represents an amazing advancement. With digital radiography, we are able to see all kinds of structures in your mouth before we even examine it. We get clear, amazing pictures, and we can share them throughout our practice for easy reference - instantly. Digital radiography allows us to move our practice to the next level of technology. Let Zhou Dental Care take a little of your time to give you some information about digital radiography.
Why Digital Radiography?
We have used x-rays in our practice for years, because it is one of our diagnostic tools, and allows us to look at your mouth and all of its structures. We get a really close look at your jawline, your gums and your teeth. Sometimes, x-rays can pick up problems under the surface of your teeth and gums that we can't see with just our eyes alone. X-rays are great, but they're now dated. Also, many people don't want to use x-rays because each x-ray deposits a tiny amount of radiation in your body, and over time, those tiny amounts can add up. We also have to wait on traditional x-rays to develop, which means more visits for you. No one wants to make multiple visits to fix a problem. Digital radiography makes x-rays much easier and faster.
The Innovation of Digital Radiography
Digital radiography is a type of x-ray that represents an innovation in our practice. It uses a lot less radiation - which many of our patients really like. Also, while the old way of doing x-rays took hours, digital radiography takes seconds, and we can see the results instantly. This means that if there's a problem or we need a closer look, you're still in our office. While traditional x-rays are blurry, digital radiography is so clear, we can see a small problem with soft tissues in your mouth.
How Does It Work?
There are a couple different ways we can take a digital radiographic picture. First, we could take your x-rays through the intraoral method. This means that just like traditional x-rays, you bite down on plastic - but two times rather than four times. Two takes will give us a picture of all of your teeth. We can also take a different kind of x-ray called peripheral x-rays. These x-rays help us to see any issues you're having with your jaws, because we can see your jaws from the root of your tooth to the crown. Peripheral x-rays also allow us to take a single picture on the outside of your mouth as well.
Digital radiography represents a great tool in our arsenal to help us keep you healthy. When we really need to get a good picture of a problem you're having, digital radiography is the way to go. If you have questions about digital radiography, why not give Zhou Dental Care a call at 503-282-3884? We'd love to talk to you about how we use digital radiography to help treat you quickly.