We are happy to feature digital x-rays for our patients. Digital x-rays are becoming the standard in dental imaging. Digital x-rays allow the doctor to get a much better view of your teeth and potential dental conditions. The digital imaging software allows the doctor to see a number of different views of the tooth to gain a better understanding of the proper course of management. Digital x-rays provide a great benefit to the patient. Not only are they an excellent diagnostic tool, but they decrease radiation to the patient by over 80%.
How Digital X-rays Work
We place a small sensor in your mouth. The sensor is connected to a computer by a thin wire. Next, an X-ray beam is sent through your teeth and into the sensor, which records the image of your teeth and sends it to the computer. The sensor can then be repositioned to photograph other sections of your teeth.
Why Digital Dental X-rays are Better
Many patients have expressed concern about radiation exposure when receiving their dental X-rays. While they have wanted the diagnostic benefit of an X-ray, they have not wanted the radiation exposure. Digital X-rays eliminate that worry. The digital dental X-ray system is more sensitive than dental X-ray film systems, so your exposure to X-rays is cut by as much as 85 percent.
You will not need to wait as long for the results of your digital X-ray. Traditional X-rays take eight to 10 minutes to process. Once the digital sensor is placed next to your teeth, it takes only seconds for the X-ray to appear on the computer screen, ready to be viewed by you and Dr. Zeigler. In addition, Dr. Zeigler can instantly e-mail to an off-site clinician or specialist for consultation, speeding up your diagnosis and consultation time.
The large, color-enhanced images let you see what your dentist sees, so it’s easier for you to understand how your dentist will treat your teeth. Your fees don’t include payment for photo chemicals, film, processing or film storage. Used photo chemicals and film are not polluting the environment. Your dental checkups take less time, and it’s fun to watch this system work! Most patients are amazed.