Digital X-ray images can be electronically transmitted to other dental offices, insurance companies, patients, or consultants in a matter of minutes. The ability to share the images with other healthcare professionals allows Drs. Ramirez to discuss ideas about the management of our patient's conditions. Dental X-rays are pictures of the teeth, bones and surrounding soft tissues. X-ray pictures can show cavities, damage to the bones supporting the teeth and other hidden dental structures, such as impacted teeth, abscesses, cysts, or tumors, that cannot be seen during a visual examination.
For years, the only method available for taking a dental X-ray involved the exposure of a small film packet, which then took between 5 and 10 minutes to develop. Just as digital cameras have largely replaced film-based camera technology, digital radiography is slowly replacing traditional film-based dental x-rays.
Digital X-ray technology provides higher quality images, while exposing the patient to two-thirds less radiation than older film-based technology.
The DEXIS® system uses a sensor, with rounded corners and a smooth casing, that makes the process of taking X-rays more comfortable for patients and more efficient for our staff.
Another benefit of using digital radiography is time savings. There’s no waiting involved! As soon as the X-ray is taken, the image appears on the computer monitor. Once the x-rays are on the screen, the dentist and dental staff members can easily zoom in on the problem areas, manipulate the images with software tools, compare current images with previous X-ray images, and allow patients to better see what the dentist sees. Images can be magnified, so that patients are able to clearly visualize and understand the diagnosis and proposed treatment plan.