Dr. Sindledecker and Dr. Saltz, along with our team, utilize digital X-rays as a valuable tool for diagnosing oral conditions and processing images with exceptional speed. During your examination, we employ an intraoral camera to capture real-time digital X-ray images, which are instantly displayed on a chairside computer monitor. This technology allows us to focus on specific areas of concern, ensuring precise diagnostics.
The question arises: Are dental X-rays safe?
Absolutely! Digital X-rays emit 80 percent less radiation compared to traditional exposure-type X-rays while providing detailed images to enhance diagnosis and treatment planning. The level of radiation released by digital X-rays is deemed “negligible,” meaning it is so minimal that it can be safely disregarded.
Digital X-rays are safe for individuals of all ages, including children and pregnant women. They are instrumental in detecting minute issues in tooth enamel and other oral tissues abnormalities that might go unnoticed with conventional X-rays. When dental problems are identified at their early stages, our team can implement preventive measures, effectively averting cavity development, tooth decay, and potential tooth loss.
Additionally, the use of digital X-rays reduces patient appointment durations, as the images are immediately viewable and eliminate the exposure time associated with traditional X-rays.
How Digital X-Rays Differ from Traditional X-Rays
Unlike traditional X-rays that use cardboard-contained film, digital X-rays involve placing a small sensing device, about the size of a pen, in the patient’s mouth. The digital X-ray machine is activated through manual control buttons, and within seconds, images appear on the monitor. These images can be stored in patient files or shared with other healthcare professionals for further examination.
The enhanced resolution provided by digital X-rays enables patients to comprehend the severity of their dental concerns better, fostering a greater inclination to follow through with recommended procedures by Dr. Sindledecker and Dr. Saltz.
Safer, more efficient, and faster, digital X-ray technology significantly improves early detection of cancerous tumors, making it a superior choice over traditional film X-rays. Early identification of oral cancer and dental issues is paramount in preventing these problems from progressing to more severe stages.