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November 03 2010

Digital x-rays are a necessity

Almost every one of us has had x-rays taken at some point in our lives, and there is no need to fear them no matter how they are used. Dental x-rays are indispensable to dental treatment planning. “They add crucial diagnostic information to clinical findings, the inside information that, for example; can help differentiate between a superficial cavity, and one that’s encroaching on the dental pulp and needs root canal therapy,“ says a senior dentist in West Chester .  As treatment options in dentistry have increased, so has the need for radiographic imaging.

Dental x-rays, or radiographs, are of various types. The most commonly used are the intra-oral ‘peri-apicals’, the small x-rays which show two to three teeth and the surrounding area in great detail. These are best suited to study the structure of an affected tooth, and the area of supporting bone surrounding the tooth root, both of which show typical changes in infection from decay or gum disease. A peri-apical x-ray is good for a cavity or chipped tooth, but something more involved like periodontal disease, multiple implants, and lesions will need to be imaged as well. In cases like this the ortho-pantomogram x-ray, or panorex will do the job much better. Good planning on the part of your Arlington, TX DDS will result in complete and proper dental care for the patient, so the extra time and expense spent on these images will really pay off.

Digital imaging has made dental radiography more time-efficient, while causing lesser radiation exposure, and avoids chemicals in processing.

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One of the other major developments in the newer technology is that digital imaging allows the dentist to manipulate the image. The dentist can very easily magnify the image; heighten its contrast or resolution, to spot minor changes in the tooth or bone’s shadow. A key area in dentistry, dental implant planning and bone augmentation surgery for implants rely heavily on accurate radiographic information. This has promoted dental radiography to a step ahead; digital C-T scans, which depict an exact three dimensional picture and aid error-free surgical planning are the norm today in Plano implant dentistry.