2D & 3D Computer-Assisted Radiographs & Digital Imaging
Digital radiographic imaging has great advantages when compared to traditional film radiographs:
- The main benefit of using digital x-rays over traditional ones is less radiation. Although bitewing x-rays are extremely safe, the digital option is convenient for patients who have other x-rays on a regular basis or for those who are concerned and would like the lowest radiation option available.
- With a standard x-ray, your dentist prints the film, holds it up to the light and attempts to read it. With digital x-rays, your dentist can take the image, bring it up on a computer monitor and manipulate it. For example, your dentist can enlarge the x-ray for a better look or change the brightness and contrast, which allows us dentist to identify problems at an early stage.
Transferring Dental Records
- Whether you need to see a specialist or surgeon or you decide to change your dental provider, transferring your dental records can be a very time consuming sometimes delaying your care. To transfer traditional x-rays, copies must be made and mailed to the new provider. With digital x-rays, the digital files can be sent by email, allowing your new provider to review the information immediately.
Shorter Dentist Appointments
- No one likes to spend her day at any appointment, let alone at a dentist office. With traditional x-rays, you have to sit through the lengthy x-rays and then sit around waiting for the film to develop. With digital radiography, your x-rays are available almost instantly; you will be in and out of your appointment in no time.
3D COMPUTER-ASSISTED images
When planning the replacement of your teeth or when pathology is present, utilizing a three-dimensional image is necessary to determine the dimensions of a defect, the relationship of the tooth or teeth to be replaced with important anatomical structures that couldn’t be objectively visualized through a 2-dimensional radiograph. The location of nerves, the shape and size of sinus defects or bone where implants will be placed are all perfect examples of the need of a 3D image when indicated.