How is this different from traditional X-Rays?
As you know, technology has revolutionized every aspect of our lives. Technology can help dentists in a big way as well. At Dr. Riddle’s, we are always investing in the latest hi-tech equipment, tools and procedures so we can offer you the most efficient, accurate, and comfortable procedures. We are proud to offer Digital Radiology to our patients. Digital Radiography is a form of X-ray imaging, where digital X-ray sensors are used instead of traditional photographic film. Advantages include time efficiency through bypassing chemical processing and the ability to digitally transfer and enhance images. Also, less radiation can be used to produce an image which is a huge plus for the patient.
Instead of X-ray film, digital radiography uses a digital image capturing device. This gives advantages of immediate image preview and availability, elimination of expensive film processing steps, a wider dynamic range, which makes it more forgiving for over and under exposure, and the ability to apply special image processing techniques that enhance the overall display quality of the image.
Preparing for Dental X-Rays
Dental X-rays require no special preparation. The only thing you’ll want to do is brush your teeth before your dentist appointment. That will create a more hygienic environment for those working inside your mouth. X-rays are always done before cleanings.
At the dentist’s office you’ll sit in a chair with a lead vest across your chest and lap. The X-ray machine is positioned alongside your head to record images of your mouth. Some dental practices have a separate room for X-rays. Dr. Riddle’s is in the same room as cleanings and other procedures.
After Dental X-Rays
Your digital images will be available instantly — Dr. Riddle will review your images and check for abnormalities. If a dental hygienist is cleaning your teeth, Dr. Riddle will go over the results with you after your cleaning is finished and discus treatment options if they are necessary.
If Dr. Riddle or your Hygienist finds a problem, such as cavities or tooth decay, they’ll discuss your treatment options. If Dr. Riddle finds no problems, keep up the good work and congratulations!
Like brushing and flossing, regular dental X-rays are an integral part of your overall oral health. Having a good checkup can be a relief, but this doesn’t mean you shouldn’t keep getting X-rays. Depending on your age, health, and insurance coverage, X-rays may be performed every one to two years. Be sure to commit to your appointments and see Dr. Riddle sooner if you experience any pain or other changes in your mouth.