Dental technology is improving constantly, and we’ve made an effort to stay on top of these exciting developments.
One area that has seen incredible improvement in recent years is dental imaging. Digital technology allows us to take images faster, more safely, and more comfortably than ever before, and the advantages don’t stop there.
X-rays are one of our most important diagnostic tools in dentistry. Many common issues develop beneath the enamel or gum tissue. We’d rather catch problems when they are small – usually long before you experience any discomfort! X-rays allow us to do exactly this.
Digital x-rays improve the speed, efficiency, and accuracy of our diagnostics. Plus, our patients appreciate them, too! The sensors, which look similar to the film that you used to bite on, are more comfortable in your mouth. Since the image is sent to a computer and develops almost instantaneously, there’s no sitting around waiting for film to develop.
You and Dr. Sigman can view your x-rays together on a computer monitor. Dr. Sigman can zoom in, highlight, and even rotate the image to better explain our findings so you can understand the treatment plan we recommend. We believe strongly in educating our patients about their oral health and giving them the information they need to make smart decisions for themselves and their families.
Additionally, digital x-rays use considerably less radiation than film x-rays; some estimates say up to 80% less! Your safety is one of our top priorities, and we’ll still use shielding aprons so that you are exposed to as little radiation as possible.
In addition to x-rays, we use digital intraoral cameras to see areas inside your mouth and show you what we’re talking about. For instance, we can tell you that your gums look inflamed and that we’re concerned, but seeing is believing.
Like digital x-rays, the image from the intraoral camera is displayed on a monitor so we can give you a “guided tour” of the inside of your mouth and point out areas of concern. For many patients, seeing the reality of periodontal disease can be a life-changing experience.
Advantages of Digital Imaging
Speed, improved diagnostics, and precision are the three most obvious advantages of digital imaging, but the benefits don’t stop there:
- We can include digital images directly into your electronic patient record. This allows us to quickly review your history and track the progression of certain conditions or treatments.
- Since the images are stored electronically, there’s no need to waste office space storing them or lose time retrieving them.
- Images can be securely sent electronically to specialists and insurance providers when necessary, creating less hassle for you.
- Because no chemicals are required to process digital images, they are better for the environment.
Call to Schedule Your Next Check-Up
Want to see the digital difference for yourself? Call our Denver dental office today to schedule a check-up or cleaning!