X-ray equipment is one of the most useful tools in any dentist office. X-ray equipment allows our professionals to see things that would otherwise be invisible to the naked eye. That is why at Chicago Dental Esthetics, our team wants only the best form of technology to help our professionals treat patients more efficiently and effectively. Our team utilizes digital radiography, which is growing more common across the U.S as more dentist offices are replacing their conventional radiography equipment.
Digital X-ray Benefits
Conventional radiography has been widely used for decades. Because of this, conventional radiography has shown some age in its overall capabilities. It is still effective at taking scans that highlight bone and tissue, but there are some limitations. First, photos taken from a conventional x-ray have to be viewed in person as they cannot be shared with digital devices. Dentistry is a team effort, and being able to pass photos to other staff for analysis is convenient and makes helping the patient a smoother process. Digital radiology takes up less space, as there is no need for a dark room or rooms to store physical x-rays. Images taken with digital radiography is more adaptable; the images can be brightened, zoomed, rotated, flipped, or inverted. Images taken via digital radiology are also higher-quality than those taken by conventional radiography. Digital radiography does not require special chemicals to treat film and make the image visible. Additionally, digital radiography is less expensive for an office overall. Conventional radiography equipment requires film that is costly over time. Finally, digital x-ray equipment emits 70% less radiation than conventional radiography. This reduces the need for protective gear such as iron aprons and mouth guards.
How Does Digital Radiography Work?
Like conventional x-rays, the rays in digital equipment are passed through the patient, but the difference is they are captured by plates that are sensitive to the x-rays. These special plates are what allow the information to be transmitted to a computer instantly.
When Are X-ray Photos Taken?
During an exam, we will typically take x-rays by default as this is one of the most important parts of the check-up. Scans will also be taken when the patient comes in with an issue that will be required to be analyzed with x-ray photos. Additional scenarios where photos are taken would be when a patient is receiving dentures or implants. Overall, patients can expect scans to be taken when they are coming in for preventative dentistry as it allows our professionals to gather the information that they need to provide treatment that is right for the situation.
Do You Need To Schedule An Appointment?
If you would like to come in for a routine check-up or you feel you have an issue that you want examined, contact our office. We at Chicago Dental Esthetics are here to help. You can contact us by calling our office at (224) 341-5162. Our team strives to provide each patient with treatment that is right for them whether it is for functional or cosmetic reasons.