Radiographs (pictures taken using x-rays) are an important part of modern dental care. The dentist can see signs of gum disease and infections, along with other tooth and jaw problems. New technology allows dentists to take digital x-rays of patients' mouths, and it offers many benefits:
No More Film Processing
Anyone who has made the switch from a film-based camera to a digital one to shoot family photos can appreciate this technology. With digital dental x-rays, you can get the same benefits of instant images without film processing: the images are captured by an electronic pad or sensor and then sent to a computer for processing. The radiographs are ready for viewing on a computer screen shortly after they are taken.
Better Imaging Results
The images produced using digital x-rays are easier to see, and your dentist can point out findings for you on a large monitor instead of a tiny piece of film. Your dentist can store the images on computer servers, which keeps them safe and secure. Having digital radiographs on file also means that the next time you have an appointment, the dental staff will be able easily find them, along with the rest of your dental record. Computer software can also be used to compare your old digital radiographs to new ones, helping your dentist catch any subtle changes that are tough to notice with the naked eye.
Not every dentist's office has digital x-rays, but more dentists and doctors are adding this new technology. As they do, it becomes easier than ever to transmit patients' radiographs electronically, within federal privacy guidelines, so that oral health professionals can consult each other regarding patient care.
Digital x-rays are just one of the state-of-the-art services available at Colorado Advanced Dentistry. We also offer LANAP for treating gum disease and digital charting of gum measurements to track developing periodontal disease. Call our office at (720) 420-1103 to learn more about our innovative treatments.