How We Use Digital X-Ray Technologies To Improve Patient Outcomes

How a dentist diagnosis a condition has a significant effect upon the treatment.  The diagnosis may even alert a dentist to other procedure options.  Hence, using the best diagnosis technologies available is one of the marks of a sound dental practice.  Michelle Wang DDS spares no expense in securing the most up-to-date diagnostic equipment which includes digital x-ray technologies.  This equipment helps us to provide outstanding services for families throughout our community.

Understanding Digital X-rays

Dentists can readily see what is happening inside your mouth with the naked eye.  However, what is going on beneath the gum line is another story.  X-rays give us a clearer picture of what is occurring under the gum line.  

Digital x-rays are the most advanced scanning technology in dentistry to date.  Furthermore, digital x-rays have distinct advantages over traditional film x-rays, including:

  • Speed: Film x-rays need a dark room for processing and time to develop.  Digital x-rays are available seconds after they are taken.
  • Safer: Traditional x-rays have a much higher radiation exposure than their digital counterparts.  Radiation from digital x-rays is less than the average radiation received daily.
  • Comfort: The comfort of digital scanning far exceeds film x-rays.  During the scanning process, there are no awkward positions required for the images.  
  • Accuracy: Digital tech offers exceptionally clear images of the teeth and jaw bone.  They are instrumental in detecting decay and other abnormalities.  

Intraoral & Extraoral Digital X-rays

There are two approaches to digital x-rays.  At Michelle Wang DDS, we utilize both to acquire the most precise assessment of your oral health.  The two types are intraoral and extraoral. 

Intraoral

This x-ray approach uses a tiny device that is placed inside your mouth to capture images of your teeth.  It is very fast, simple to use, and the comfortable for the patient.

Extraoral

As the opposite of intraoral, extraoral x-ray uses a device that rotates around your head to get pictures of your teeth.  This machine gives us a 360 view which is very helpful for many treatments. 

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