Dr. Slepchik’s office uses digital radiography to take the X rays you need. This technology allows the X ray to be immediately processed and available to view. The enlarged photos can be viewed directly in front of you on our TV screen, making decay easier to spot. We can also zoom in on them to enlarge them to your untrained eyes, making it easier to understand tooth structures and whatever treatment is needed. One of the greatest benefits to digital X rays is that it exposes you to 70% less exposure to radiation then conventional X rays (film).
The X rays will be stored in our computer, and can be easily transferred to a specialist through email in case you may need a referral. This makes communication clearer and easier between Dr. Slepchik and his fellow specialist to achieve the best treatment plan for you.
What are Digital X-Rays used for?
To provide the utmost care during routine dental exams, it is necessary for the dentist to see what lies above the gums, as well as what is below. All that is immediately visible are the crowns of teeth and the gums. Digital x-rays allow the dentist to also observe and evaluate the areas in between your teeth, your tooth roots, and even the jawbone. All of these structures are vulnerable to some degree. Decay and infection can affect them and, without proper imaging, the problem may not be realized until pain occurs. In addition to quickly finding signs of infection or other problems, digital x-rays are also helpful in developing the most suitable treatment for each patient. For example, using a digital x-ray, the dentist can see not only the exact location of infection but also the degree to which it has progressed and, if the roots of a tooth are involved, the shape of those roots. Each of these details can then be used to formulate appropriate dental therapy.
What are the benefits of Digital X-Rays?
We have chosen to offer digital x-rays for several reasons. The advantages of this technology include:
- Less radiation compared to traditional film x-rays. Studies indicate that a digital x-ray may have 85% less radiation exposure than the standard x-ray process.
- Less impact on the environment. Digital x-rays do not contain the toxic chemicals that are necessary to support traditional x-ray films due to the elimination of necessary x-ray fixers.
- Greater accuracy in imaging. The image quality of digital x-rays is excellent. The computer images are highly detailed and can be enlarged, enhanced, or sharpened as needed to properly diagnose dental conditions and determine the best course of treatment. Since Dr. Slepchik does all his examinations on your x ray on the screen in front of you, you will better understand your recommended treatment.
- Digital storage. Having the ability to store x-rays in digital form reduces our carbon footprint and also enhances the ease with which records may be transferred to other providers, such as an oral surgeon.
- Expedited care. Because digital x-rays are stored in our computer system, images can be viewed quickly right in the treatment room. We can discuss and plan treatment according to our review of the highly detailed images.
How to prepare for a Digital X-Ray session?
You don’t need to make any special preparations for a dental x-ray, but you may feel more relaxed if you know what to expect. During the most common type of x-ray, the bitewing, you bite hold an electronic pad or sensor in your mouth. The dental assistant or hygienist positions the scanner outside of the mouth, near the tooth or teeth being evaluated. The resulting image is sent directly to a computer.
How long does a Digital X-Ray appointment last?
It doesn’t take long to capture the images we need for a routine dental exam. Usually, the x-ray portion of the appointment is done in 5 to 10 minutes. However, in cases that require full-mouth imaging, this initial part of the appointment may take 20 to 25 minutes.
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How soon will I see the results of my Digital X-Ray?
You can review your digital x-rays with your dentist during your appointment. Dr. Slepchik can show you the different aspects of your teeth, areas of concern, and also use your x-rays to answer any questions you may have.
Overall, with digital X rays, you benefit in increased comfort when the photos are taken intra orally and less radiation. Dr. Slepchik believes strongly in cutting-edge technology in dental treatment and procedures to provide you with the best and most comfortable care possible.
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