Just like the digital cameras many people use to take their photos, we have converted (in 1999) to state-of-the-art digital imaging. Radiographs (pictures made with x-rays) and photographs have always been diagnostic tools of a dental practice and now they have greatly improved in more ways than one. Here are some of the advantages we have noted during our use of digital imaging:
In the case of digital radiography, there is an 85 to 90% reduction in the amount of radiation required to expose conventional films.
A digital panoramic radiograph can actually be taken with about the same radiation as two of the smaller films.
The diagnostic quality of the radiographs (x-ray pictures) has improved greatly due to the ability to modify, enhance and/or magnify any aspect of the images. Having a better diagnosis allows us to make better treatment decisions.
Storage (archiving) is much easier, loss is unheard of and back up allows off-site storage of all the data.
Both radiographs and photographs can easily be emailed to specialists, making consultations (on your behalf) much more effective.
Increased communication and understanding between dentist and patient as the images are enlarged on operatory monitors.
There are no chemicals used to process the film. The result is that the clinic does not have the acidic (vinegar-like) smell and there are no heavy metal (silver processing salts) developing and processing solutions poured into the sewage system. This is a huge benefit for the environment.