In years past, the only means to taking images of patients' teeth in the dental office required the use of x-ray films that had to be processed in a lab. Clearly, patients would have to wait until the next appointment to discuss their x-rays and oral health. Plus, these traditional x-rays emit potentially harmful radiation. Fortunately, the days of radiation and traditional x-rays are long gone at the office of Dr. Jason L. Downey.
Here in our Las Vegas office, Dr. Downey utilizes digital x-rays to assess the health of our patients' teeth. This method of taking x-rays emits far less radiation and can be done far more quickly in addition to providing crystal clear images for Dr. Downey to look at. Take a moment to learn more on digital x-rays and how this technology has made dental treatment easier on both the patient and Dr. Downey!
What are Digital X-Rays?
Commonly referred to as digital radiology, digital x-rays within dentistry are really the same as traditional x-rays, though they produce significantly less radiation. Instead of utilizing film that had to be processed in a dark room, digital x-rays utilize a small electronic sensor to take pictures of the teeth and mouth. Within digital x-rays, there are also a few different types. Take a look at the two main types below:
- Intraoral: These are the most common x-ray taken, and you've probably had them before whether that was digital or traditional. Intraoral x-rays are taken inside the mouth, allowing Dr. Downey to examine the teeth for cavities, look at the health of the tooth roots, and how teeth are developing, among other factors. Within intraoral x-rays, there are also bitewing, periapical, and occlusal x-rays.
- Extraoral: Taken from the outside of the mouth, extraoral x-rays focus more on the jaw and rest of the skull. While they don't provide enough detail to check for cavities, they're used to find issues with individual teeth. Impacted teeth, TMJ issues, and more can be identified with extraoral x-rays.
Benefits of Digital X-Rays
As mentioned, digital x-rays produce significantly less radiation than their traditional counterpart. In fact, digital radiology emits 90% less radiation! Plus, digital x-rays can be taken much quicker than older forms. Instead of utilizing film that had to be processed in a dark room, digital x-rays utilize a small electronic sensor to take pictures of the teeth and mouth. With this, Dr. Downey can review the x-rays with the patient during their appointment. The technology also provides quality images, allowing Dr. Downey to diagnose any issues easier.
On top of the ease of taking x-rays and the quality images it provides, digital radiology can be used for a variety of dental treatments, such as dental implant procedures, root canal therapy, and TMJ disorder diagnosis. Fast and safe, digital x-rays are one of the greatest recent improvements in dental technology—and you can take advantage right here in Las Vegas with Dr. Downey!
Get Your Digital X-Rays with Dr. Downey!
As you can see, digital x-rays are quite the improvement to the outdated, traditional x-ray film. With less radiation, clearer images, and quicker results, this dental technology is optimal in identifying cavities and a range of other dental issues.
If you'd like to schedule an appointment and take advantage of this great technology, give our Las Vegas office a call at 702-871-4903. You can also contact us here.