Sometimes x-rays are necessary to diagnose a patient properly. Issues that go beneath the tooth enamel cannot be seen with the naked eye. We have to rely on x-rays to give us a full picture of what’s happening to ensure optimal oral health. A SmileCOS Dentistry, we are proud to offer our patients the option of digital x-rays. Using digital x-rays rather than traditional x-rays offers many benefits to both the dental practice and the patients.
The Benefits of Digital X-Rays
X-rays, whether traditional or digital, give us a closer look inside your mouth. This helps us diagnose issues in their earliest stages, allowing less invasive and more effective treatment. Digital x-rays, however, offer a variety of benefits over traditional x-rays. First and foremost, they emit as much as 90 percent less radiation than traditional x-rays. Lower exposure to radiation benefits every patient, despite the precautions we always take with traditional x-rays.
Digital x-rays immediately send the data to our computer too. This helps us offer faster and more efficient service. You don’t have to wait for us to develop the film and then read it. Immediately after we take the digital x-rays, our dentists can talk to you about what we see and potential treatment options. This can help speed up your dental appointment and alleviate anxiety as you wait to hear the results.
Our dentists can play around with the images that the digital x-rays provide, allowing us to zero in on the problem area by zooming in or out to get a better look. Zooming into the images sometimes allows us to notice issues that may otherwise go unnoticed. Our dentists can carefully evaluate each area of your digital x-rays to ensure a proper diagnosis and treatment plan.
Getting Your Digital X-rays
As a new patient to our practice, we will suggest a set of full-mouth digital x-rays to serve as a baseline for your future appointments. We’ll use the results to determine the health of your mouth now, of course, but also use it to determine the health of your mouth in the future, as things change.
Typically, you’ll need a new set of digital x-rays annually, but some patients need them at each appointment (bi-annually) if there are issues that we need to address. We’ll discuss the need for x-rays with you at each appointment as we determine the condition of your oral health at the time.
Sharing Your Digital X-Rays
We can also easily share your digital x-rays with any other specialists that need to get involved in your oral health care. If we refer you to a prosthodontist or orthodontist, for example, we can instantly share your digital x-rays with them. This makes it easier for you to get an appointment fast and allows the specialist to know what’s going on with your mouth before you arrive.
Let our practice help you with your dental health needs, including your digital x-rays. Call SmileCOS Dentistry at (719) 632-6001 to schedule your appointment. We look forward to helping you achieve optimal oral health.