At Town Square Dental we are pleased to offer our patients digital imaging. This innovative technology benefits our patients by allowing us to communicate their dental needs by visualizing their problem areas. Traditional X-rays can be difficult to read. With this new technology, we can display large images that are much easier to see.
The x-ray machine used for digital imaging is similar to the ones used to take film dental radiographs. The difference is instead of using film, digital images are made with a small image receptor or electronic sensor that is placed in the patient’s mouth to capture the image.
Benefits of Digital Imaging
- A digital x-ray image can be seen immediately on a computer screen, unlike conventional film that requires about five minutes of processing time. The dental images are displayed on the screen in large format as opposed to the film being viewed on a light box.
- Problem tooth areas can be enhanced with magnification, brightness, and contrast alterations. This is very useful to your dentist because a larger enhanced x-ray image on a computer screen makes the area that needs treatment more visible. It also helps patients more easily understand a dental condition.
- Digital images can be saved, printed, emailed, copied, or forwarded to other dental clinics. They can be used to compare to future x-rays to see how conditions have progressed.
- Since there is no need for film and processing chemicals, no biohazardous waste is generated. Digital x-ray images are safe for the environment. The light boxes required to view conventional x-ray films are also no longer needed.
- Very low levels of radiation exposure are used for these dental x-rays, reducing the risk of any harmful effects. The sensitive digital sensors require about half the radiation of film based x-rays to generate an image.
Book an Appointment
When Dentures Are Right For You
Thanks to the many advances in Health Sciences today, people are living longer than ever. With all of these added years to your lifespan, your teeth are enduring many extra years of damage. Over the years, your mouth will accumulate numerous problems. Your dentist has many options to resto...
Taking Care of Your Retainer
When you first get your retainer, it might be a foreign concept to keep something extra with you all the time and keep it in your mouth almost 24 hours a day at first. You are used to constantly checking your pockets for your keys, wallet, and phone, but now you have another item possibly,...
Removing Fillings from Teeth: Should I Replace My Silver Tooth Fillings?
Now less common than they once were, amalgam material used for dental fillings are still used, except now they are at the center of a swirling controversy. Many aren’t keen on the metal appearance they give their teeth, but still prove to be a great option for those on a budget. At Town ...
Benefits of Dental Implants with Removable Dentures
Dental Implant Overdenture – What Is It? While traditional dentures rested directly on the gums, new dental implant supported dentures have revolutionized how dentures are worn. This new style of dentures is referred to as an overdenture. When missing all of the teeth in the upper or low...