Dental x-rays are an integral part of regular dental check ups. X-rays are necessary to detect decay and check the health of the surrounding tissues. Most patients understand the benefits of x-rays however some worry about their exposure to radiation. Third Street Dental is committed to our patient’s safety and their quality of care. We have recently switched to digital radiography to ensure your peace of mind.
First and foremost, digital radiography reduces a patient’s exposure to radiation, typically by 60 to 70 percent. While the amount of radiation when receiving a traditional dental x-ray is low, exposure from digital x-rays is even lower. Exposure is further minimized because the technology is precise and instant therefore there are fewer re-takes and thus less x-rays needed.
Digital x-rays do not need to be chemically processed. Just as the consumer and camera industry have switched to digital so has the dental community. Digital technology eliminates the inconvenience of dark room processing and lessens the environmental impact associated with the disposal of conventional film developers. Waste production is reduced, as is the consumption of film and paper.
The technology lets us easily enlarge, enhance and refine images to detect dental issues and address them earlier before they become a bigger problem. Brightness, color, and contrast can be adjusted without re-exposing a patient to another film.
Digital x-rays will help you have a better understanding of your oral health. X-ray images can be clearly displayed on a large screen therefore it will be much easier for you to understand and see what is going on in your mouth. As a bonus, we can print or email the images so that you can take them home.
These are just a few of the advantages digital radiography offers when compared to traditional film-based x-rays. Our decision to go digital in our office has enhanced and improved our patient care and satisfaction. We look forward to sharing this exciting and advanced technology with you. Make an appointment with your North Vancouver dentist Dr. Andrew Ho at Third Street Dental today for your worry free dental x-ray’s.