When comparing digital
radiography to traditional film-based dental X-rays that use film, both
procedures have the dentist inserting a “sensor” into the patient’s mouth to
capture images of the teeth. However, for patients of Perfecting Your Smile –
Dr. Pete, that’s where the similarities end between digital dental radiography vs. conventional radiography.
(specifically, x-rays) has long been a valuable tool for diagnosing a range
health issues, from broken bones and dental cavities, to pneumonia and
concussion syndrome. Digital radiography can be viewed as the logical evolution
from analog materials to a computer-based technology that accomplishes the same
goal – but does so faster, safer, and for a lower cost.
Dental x-rays rely on
traditional (and cumbersome) bitewings in order to capture on film the images a
dentist needs. But not only does it take time for the film to develop, there’s
always a chance of film being under/overexposed, and having to start all over
again. On the other hand, a small, wireless digital sensor replaces the
bitewing. This sensor is connected to the dentist’s tablet or computer, and
when the x-ray is finished the images are sent directly to the device’s screen
for the dentist to view.
Instead of several
minutes, the digital images are relayed in a matter of seconds. Also, the image quality is better, and the fact
that they’re digital means they can be modified without compromising any
information. And from a purely ecological point of view, not only does digital
radiography greatly reduce material waste, it also doesn’t require the use of
potentially harmful chemicals to process images.
The equipment used in
digital radiography exposes dental patients to much less radiation than with
traditional x-rays – in fact, digital radiography uses up to 80% less radiation
than film-based x-rays. And even though conventional dental X-rays are
relatively safe, digital radiography is far better for a patient’s health,
especially those patients who require frequent/periodic x-rays, or who are
concerned about radiation.
radiography software is significantly more cost-effective than traditional
x-ray technology. X-ray film must be purchased and used, and then filed,
stored, and retrieved, steps which have an attached time and monetary value.
Also, as alluded to above, exposure-related errors can necessitate more x-rays
being taken, which adds another layer of cost. In contrast, digital x-rays
benefit from a low acquisition cost, a low cost of storage, and access to a
virtually unlimited amount of storage space. Moreover, digital outputs can be
stored in multiple places -i.e. the Cloud, an external hard drive, etc.
The lower expense offered by digital radiography also
extends to the transfer of information. If a dentist wants to share traditional
dental x-rays with an orthodontist or a mold maker, he has to send them in the
mail or by courier. But in a digital world, email or Dropbox is all you need.
Many aspects of the business environment at
Perfecting Your Smile – Dr. Pete are digital-based. Through the use of leading-edge dental technologies,
digital radiography, and the best dental digital sensor solutions, we provide patients in
Birmingham and Bingham Farms with safe, state-of-the-art dental care.
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