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Digital X-Ray

Digital X-Ray

Digital Radiography at Your Local Dentist Office in Arkansas

Digital radiography is increasingly replacing conventional dentistry practices. It is a common practice among seasoned oral care providers to conduct digital radiography images when the patient’s condition requires it.  They are useful in getting a faster diagnostics, with fewer repetitions.

It provides a tool for better communication for a second opinion, and above all, it helps in reduced exposure of the patient to dangerous rays. It reduces radiation of up to 90% which makes it one of the most decisive advantages of such a system.  

How does a Digital X-RAY (RADIOGRAPHY) Work?

Digitized X-rays (radiography) is an imaging technique that does not use a conventional film but a special film for taking images in real time. The image is taken through a special device which is then stored in a computer for later retrieval.

Radiography plays an important role in diagnosing different problems and treat them in time before they become major infections. A digital radiographic ray passes through soft tissues, and dense tissue absorbs it. The teeth and supporting tissues are dense that allows them to absorb the rays effectively and it passes through the gums and cheeks without any problem. They are very effective in tooth implant procedures.

Another name for x-ray is radiograph; it is an important part of dental care. Radiographs are diagnostic in nature, but they play a preventive role by assisting the dental care provider in directing various preventive treatment for the patient.

Digital X-Ray Systems at My Dentist - Van Buren

Digitized X-rays are mainly used in dentistry to diagnose and control the course of the disease. Prior to the treatment of periodontal disease, root canals, insertion of dentures, or the surgical removal of a wisdom tooth are treatments that require digital radiography.

Digital radiography guarantees minimal radiation exposure; depending on the technology, images are stored on imaging plates or special sensors. The storage foil preserves the impression for up to eight hours and is then developed in a special device. The entire process does not involve using different types of chemicals, as previously used in traditional radiography imaging.

The devices come with digital sensors; the image is read by the high tech radiography equipment, the information is then transferred to a software  that saves the entire information onto a computer. This information is particularly useful in the dental bridge.  The computerized procedure for dentures requires a thorough examination and radiographic imaging. Thanks to the new digital x-ray technology, teeth can be restored quickly and cost-effectively.

Image Development of Digital X Ray Systems

By using the new innovative digital technology for radiography, the radiation can be toned down to different degrees. This was not possible in the traditional system. This results in a corresponding intensity of radiation on the sensors or imaging plates depending on the chosen field.

The small amount of rays in digital X rays is explained by the shorter exposure time required and the high resolution it provides. The subsequent image is saved onto a computer system in seconds at a dental office.

The modern technology also offers the advantage of getting high-resolution images.  This allows the dental care provider to enlarge the pictures and even change the contrast or the brightness. Details are easier to recognize in this image. This, in turn, can also avoid repeated exposures and thus reduce the radiation exposure for the patient.

Advantages of Digital X-Ray Systems over Conventional X-Rays

Sharper Image

This method of innovative radiography provides a much sharper image quality of the X ray images. It eliminates reliance on using films for storing images. This technology provides digital archiving features that are cost-effective and saves time. Sharp images are useful in cosmetic dentistry.

Environmentally Friendly

Digital radiography does not have harmful effects on the environment.  It makes sharing the information stored easily as one practitioner can easily use email to send it to the patient or another colleague for further review.

Quality Control

Digital radiographic imagery has made quality control very easy. The quality control of the measurement parameters is in the hands of the dentist. Quality control involves devices which are tested and adjusted accordingly to avoid reading errors and other problems. Since chemical  development of images is eliminated, the number of possible errors are significantly reduced. The quality control can be carried out by the trained dental staff with little effort especially when dealing with dental implants.

With the help of X-rays, your dentist discovers defects in fillings, problems with the jawbone, or deep tissues between tooth and tooth root. Even defects in crowns and bridges, inflammation or cysts are no longer hidden. The digital x ray has made it easy to perform a live root canal.

Depending on the patient's’ needs, only a single tooth is scrutinized with the help of the rays. Digital x-rays are minimally invasive and do not hurt. Repetitions due to developmental mistakes are not necessary.

Helps the Oral Hygienist Examine all Corners of the Mouth

Some parts of the mouth cannot be examined with the naked eye especially when availing emergency dentist services. A quick radiographic image will help the care provider in diagnosing the problems quickly in an emergency. These include hard to reach areas such as the interdental spaces, but also the inside of the teeth, the tooth roots, and the jawbone.

Quick Results

As a patient, you benefit several times if your dentist is using digital X-rays. On the one hand, patients do not have to wait long for results: the long development time is eliminated because the dentist receives the image directly within a few minutes. Then the oral care expert can discuss the findings directly with the patient on the monitor for an affordable dental service.

Reduce Radiation Exposure

Another key advantage of digital x-rays is the reduced radiation exposure to which you are exposed as a patient. The digital method is therefore much gentler than conventional X-ray. Digital radiography is a trend-setting method that has decisive advantages over conventional methods."Since radiation is reduced by up to 90%, patients  are exposed less during the imaging process." 

Digital x-rays help dentist diagnose

The digital X-ray also has many advantages for the dentist: the X-ray images have a better image quality and can be digitally edited. This allows better analysis of tooth and bone structures. Also, neither darkroom nor chemicals are needed for development of these images - a good conscience to the environment.

Digital Radiography for Dental Care in Pregnancy

Even though the radiation exposure is lower compared to conventional X-rays, most dental health experts do not recommend radiography for pregnant women especially during the first trimester.  The danger to the unborn child by an increased cell division is particularly high. Before each procedure, experts will, therefore, clarify to the patients whether a pregnancy exists, so that appropriate precautions are taken to protect the fetus.




Benefits of Digital X-Rays

  • Exposes the patient to half the amount of radiation received from traditional x-rays
  • Gray-scale resolution of 256 colors compared to 16 – 25 shades on conventional film, allowing for a more detailed, accurate analysis
  • Immediately transfers images to monitor so that the dentist can review and explain the information to the patient
  • Images can be enlarged and saved for future reference
  • Offers the ability to compare your x-rays with one another digitally on our computer
  • Less time spent developing x-rays means more time to take care of your dental needs

Why are Digital X-Rays Important

  • To locate areas of decay that can’t be detected with a visual examination
  • To detect periodontal disease by investigating possible bone loss
  • To aid in the preparation and placement of dental implants, orthodontics and other dental work
  • To locate possible abnormalities such as cysts and oral cancer

Dental services available throughout Arkansas, including Van Buren, Ft. Smith, Greenwood, Alma, Cedarville, Mountainburg, Lavaca, Sallisaw, OK, Clarksville


For more information on this exciting new technology or to schedule an appointment, contact My Dentist at 479-262-2038 today!