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An Inside Look at Dental Technologies: Digital X-Ray Imaging

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Investments in Digital X-Ray Imaging Pay Off for Patients, Hygienists, and Dentists

Over centuries and even millennia, dentistry has evolved through some pretty tough tools to get to where we are today. The process of innovation has speeded up over the past decade or so, and things have gotten really good. 

We’re determined to stay at the forefront without adding risk. That’s why we’re constantly reviewing, evaluating, and investing at the right time. We believe in bringing the latest developments to our patients as soon as evidence shows that they’re proven. Once the science says it’s time, we do not hesitate to invest in the upgrades that can make your experience better, easier, more comfortable, faster, or maybe more affordable. 

Some of our patients notice and are curious enough to ask questions about new dental technology. Others just prefer to keep their minds off the dental work and focus on things like catching us up on what’s happening in their lives. We’re happy either way, but we thought that everyone might be interested in learning just a little bit more about the latest technologies we’ve already adopted in our office.

We’ll share details on four technologies. This month, we’re talking about digital x-ray imaging.

Dental X-Rays in the Recent Past

Before we get to what’s new, we thought we should remind you where we came from. Everyone remembers the uncomfortable cardboard pieces that we needed not so long ago to get x-ray images of our teeth. 

The hygienist would place them carefully and ask you to bite down and hold them there while he or she went into the other room to take the picture. This would be repeated numerous times to get images of the whole mouth. This process was uncomfortable — even painful at times — for most patients, especially those with smaller mouths, like children. It also caused many patients to gag, which made it very difficult to get a good image, and sometimes we needed to redo them.

After the images were captured, they needed to be processed in a dark room, just like the photographs we look at in our family albums. That took time, which meant the patient had to sit and wait before the dentist could see the images and give them a full report on their dental health. 

In a time when we can virtually try things on, paint a room, or place furniture, you’d expect this process to be easier too. And you’d be right!

The Latest in Digital X-Ray Imaging Technology

Just like the cameras in our smartphones and the GPS in our cars, x-ray imaging technology is now digital. Digital x-ray imaging is faster, easier, and more comfortable for everyone involved – the patient, the hygienist, and the dentist! 

The digital version does not require those uncomfortable cardboard pieces. That means no more pinching, poking, or gagging. When the patient is more comfortable, we’re not only more comfortable but also much more likely to get the right image on the first try. 

It’s also easier because we don’t need to leave the room, and there’s literally no processing time – the image goes straight to our computer screen! The pictures are ready and waiting before the dentist even steps into the room. Amazingly, the images are better and they don’t even cost more than the old way.

We’ve shared before that many people worry and/or ask about the risk of radiation from dental x-rays. We always reassure them that the exposure is minimal, but now it’s even less. Digital x-rays reduce radiation by 10–20 times compared to the old method!

On top of the improvements to regular dental x-ray imaging, we also now have the capability to do 3D x-ray imaging here in Romeoville! That’s a huge benefit when it’s time to place implants. It allows us to do surgically guided implant placement and avoid hurting a nerve, a blood vessel, or sinuses in the soft tissue around the implant.

So there are no two ways about it. That’s a lot of good news for all of us. If you haven’t experienced the new way of taking dental x-ray images yet, that means it’s high time to come in for a checkup.

To schedule your visit now, complete our contact form, or call our office at 815-886-0875.

 

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