Digital X-rays Improve Dental Care
The field of dentistry was forever changed in 1895 when Wilhelm Conrad Roentgen made a discovery while working in his laboratory in Germany. he probably did not realize it at the time how much it would change medicine and dental care.
An observation about a sheet of cardboard led his to make experiments, which lead to the discovery of X-rays.
Today, X-ray technology has moved ahead by leaps and bounds from what Roentgen did, and it remains one of the most valuable diagnostic tools we have at our disposal.
At Hubbard & Leath Dental, we have incorporated the latest X-ray technology — digital X-rays — into our practice.
We will tell you a little more about that in a moment, but our dentists are glad they are able to use this tool to help our patients from Rochester Hills, Auburn Hills, and other communities in our part of Michigan.
It did not take long for dentists to recognize the value of Roentgen’s research.
Less than two months after Roentgen revealed his early X-ray technology, Dr. Otto Walkoff, a German dentist, created the first radiograph of teeth. This particular image took 25 minutes to make.
We think our patients will be happy to know that it doesn’t take nearly that long to make an X-ray image today. (And frankly, we are, too.)
One of the reasons we switched to digital X-rays is that this kind of machine emits a fraction of the radiation of previous X-rays machines. This makes them safer for everyone involved in using them.
In fact, our digital X-ray machine gives off 80 percent less ration than a conventional machine.
If nothing else, this was a good reason to make the switch.
The truth is lower radiation is only one of the reasons that digital X-rays are good for you, our patients.
With the digital machine, we are able to see the images almost with a clarity that was not possible with film.
The digital images can be sent to a computer, where they can be seen on a computer screen. This gives us the opportunity to zoom in on the images in ways that were not possible with film.
We can take a closer look at suspicious areas. This helps us identify problems sooner. When we identify problems early, your treatment is simpler, less invasive, and more effective.
We also have found the digital images are great for educating patients as well. When we project the digital X-rays onto a screen in our operatories, we are able to show you exactly what we see.
We’ve noticed that this has helped improve patients’ understanding of what is happening with their mouths. This also helps you understand why we recommend a particular treatment for a particular problem.
In other words, the clarity of the images helps to give everyone a clearer understanding of what is happening and what should be done.
We also know that your time is important. We are betting you can probably make a list of 5 or 10 things (or more) that you would rather do than spend time at the dentist office.
Don’t get us wrong, we are grateful when you visit us. It’s good for your oral health, and we enjoy catching up on what has been happening in our patients’ lives.
But we also realize that efficient dental care is something that many people appreciate.
Digital X-rays help with that, too.
With a conventional machine, we had to develop the film before we were able to share the images with you. With digital X-rays, the images are available almost instantaneously.
This means we can examine them faster and point out anything that you should know or see in less time.
This also means we can accomplish as much or more in less time during your routine dental cleanings and examinations, and that can help prevent long-term oral health problems
Win-win situations aren’t always an option, but digital X-rays are a win-win-win. They help dentists, they help our staff, and they help you, our patients.
Significantly lower radiation levels make this much safer for the individual making the X-rays and the individual whose mouth is being X-rayed.
Clearer images allow us to see your teeth and jaw in greater detail. This makes it easier to diagnose problems and to explain them to you.
And since the images come through faster, we can devote more time to improving your oral health while saving you time during your visits to the Hubbard & Leath Dental office in Rochester Hills, MI.