As people become increasingly aware of how dentistry works, they often ask our dentist, Dr. Joseph Thompson, whether x-rays are necessary. Whether worried about discomfort or thinking that they present some manner of health risk, some patients are worried about undergoing radiography.
There is no reason to be alarmed about the imaging options at Thompson Advanced Dentistry. Radiography is a cornerstone of effective dental care. In turn, digital x-rays are a modern improvement of this technique that offers several advantages to you.
Traditional x-rays often require the use of bitewings. These angular plastic pieces help the old-fashioned machine take a more accurate image of your smile. Unfortunately, they are very uncomfortable for the patient who has to keep them in their mouth.
Digital x-rays do not require the use of bitewings. You can go through the radiography process much more comfortably.
More Accurate Imagery
The reason traditional x-rays need bitewings is that they do not provide clear enough images on their own. Even with the bitewings, the image produced is often difficult for a patient to understand without a dentist’s explanation. In contrast, the images produced by digital radiography are clear enough for Dr. Thompson and patients to discuss adequately.
Lower Radiation Exposure
One of the reasons that people are more interested in undergoing radiography is because of increased awareness about radiation exposure. X-rays do expose patients to a mild amount of radiation, and some are concerned about how that exposure over time impacts their well-being.
There are three crucial points to consider on this topic. First, the amount of exposure from a single x-ray is much lower than your daily radiation exposure from sunlight. Second, the health benefits presented by diagnosing and treating conditions as early as possible, which is the entire purpose of radiography, far outweighs any radiation produced by radiography. Third, digital x-rays only expose patients to a fraction of the radiation of traditional imaging options, which drops the already negligible health risk to an even lower likelihood.
Fewer Images Needed
For people still looking to minimize their radiation exposure, digital x-rays support that goal by not requiring as many images to be taken as the old-fashioned option.
This condition is because traditional radiography only produces physical images, which degrade quickly and are difficult to transport between practices. As a result, circumstances arise that require more x-rays than would otherwise be necessary. In contrast, digital x-rays are stored in an electronic health record; they last longer and are much easier to send to a specialist.
Contact Us for Preventive Dentistry in Greely
Thompson Advanced Dentistry provides preventive dental care, including the strategic use of digital x-rays. This simple choice in radiography tools has helped patients in Greely stay healthy. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Thompson, call us today!