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Digital X-Rays dental

While digital radiography has been widely adapted in dentistry over the past two decades, newer generations of the technology have emerged that provide numerous advantages over original sensors and software.  Our practice has incorporated the latest version of  this technology.  Compared to film based radiography, digital decreases the amount of radiation by at least two thirds.  Newer systems, such as the Dexis software in our practice, reduces exposure even more.

In addition, new digital images produce higher resolution and higher quality images than previous systems.  This enables us to accurately diagnose cavities and other oral conditions before they cause discomfort and become a larger problem.  Early diagnosis may also save patients time and money.

Finally, new generation sensors are thinner and more comfortable for patients than those made even just a few years ago.  The thinner sensors allow us to more comfortably image teeth in the back of your mouth, including wisdom teeth.

Digital radiography

Getting a dental X-ray is a vital part of your preventive care, as it provides the most accurate information about your oral health and allows your dentist to understand exactly how to help you.

Film-based X-rays are now considered an antiquated practice in favour of digital radiography, which has been widely employed in dentistry over the past two decades. Newer generations of digital X-ray technology have emerged that provide numerous advantages over original sensors and software. Central Park Dentists has adopted the latest Schick technology which uses digital rather than film-based radiography, creating high-resolution imaging for early diagnosis and precise dental care.

What can be diagnosed through digital dental radiography?

Dental X-rays can be used for the diagnosis and treatment of a whole range of oral health issues which cannot be detected in a routine dental examination:

  • Early stages of decay
  • Decay below existing dental restorations
  • Bone loss
  • Dental abscesses
  • Sinus problems
  • Developmental anomalies in children’s teeth
  • Problems with teeth roots
  • Oral cancer and non-cancerous tumours
  • Impacted wisdom teeth

What are the advantages of digital X-rays in dentistry?

    1. They produce higher-resolution and higher-quality images of your bones and teeth than traditional X-rays. The Schick system is equipped with modern diagnostic tools, including image enhancement and magnification, to reveal any subtleties in your teeth and bones. This enables earlier detection of oral health issues before they cause discomfort and develop into more serious problems. The early diagnosis facilitated by digital dental radiography will save patients time, money and health further down the line.
    2. Schick X-rays provide a higher level of comfort for patients. In comparison to the bulky and uncomfortable plastic tabs used in film X-rays, Schick’s new-generation sensors are thinner and more comfortable for patients to wear, with bevelled edges to sit more easily in your mouth. This allows us to create more precise images of the teeth in the back of your mouth, including wisdom teeth.
    3. We understand that most patients want the minimum exposure possible to the radiation of X-rays. Digital dental X-rays are much safer, emitting between 60 and 90% lower radiation in comparison to film-based radiography (all patients are still provided with a lead apron shield and thyroid collar during a digital X-ray). Digital X-rays are also much better for the environment as there is no need to develop the film of a traditional X-ray and dispose of hazardous waste.
    4. The procedure of taking a digital X-ray is much more efficient. A full mouth X-ray can be done in just five minutes, and the images develop instantaneously to be displayed on your dentist’s computer. Patients can view their X-ray right away, and your dentist can explain any concerns and treatment plans.
    5. Past dental treatments are more efficiently and accurately documented, and future treatments can be planned more easily. The computer file containing your Schick digital dental X-ray can be sent directly to you, your insurance provider, or other dental and medical specialists.

How often should you have a digital X-ray taken?

As we know, sometimes oral health problems are not spotted until it’s too late, requiring more invasive procedures to treat what should have been a small problem. At Central Park Dentists we take digital radiographs as part of your preventive dental care, alongside regular dental check-ups.

The frequency of your digital X-rays, and the type of X-ray necessary, depends on your individual medical history. We generally recommend that all new patients at our Manhattan clinic have a full mouth dental X-ray so we can help you comprehensively from the very beginning. Patients with existing problems such as gum disease, or those who are currently undergoing or have previously undergone restorative treatments such as root canals or fillings, should have X-rays taken every six months or more frequently. Patients with no oral health problems can take dental X-rays less frequently, for example once every two or three years.

Where can I find digital dental X-rays near me?

Getting a digital dental X-ray at Central Park Dentists is a safe, comfortable and efficient procedure that saves your time, money and health in the long run. If you have existing oral health problems or just want a more comprehensive dental check-up, then contact us today to book your appointment.