X-rays have been a crucial part of dental treatment for countless years serving as an inside look at oral structures and conditions impossible to view with the naked eye. However, there were downfalls to capturing these images through traditional methods – X-rays had to be developed slowly in a darkroom with the help of hazardous chemicals, and patients had to undergo a significant amount of radiation as well. At Hendricksen Cosmetic & Family Dentistry in Goode, VA, we’re happy to offer a state-of-the-art alternative that makes this process simpler and more comfortable for patients than ever before: digital X-rays.
How does digital X-ray technology work?
The process only takes a couple of minutes. One of our team members places a small sensor in your mouth that emits only a tiny amount of radiation – up to 90% less than traditional x-rays. Once we’ve captured the images we need, they’ll be transferred to a nearby computer where we can view them, with no tedious development or wait period required. These digital X-rays allow Dr. Hendricksen to locate the source of problems and plan your treatment as accurately as possible.
The benefits regarding digital X-rays are simply unparalleled. We store them digitally in our online system, eliminating the need for bulky files. The lack of developing chemicals is also much better for the environment. If you’re in need of the X-rays because you’ve been asked to forward them to your insurance company or an outside specialist, we can easily replicate and transfer them for you. Best of all, our team is happy to take the time to magnify the images, rotate them, and even color-code them so we can provide patient education and explain dental care in a much clearer fashion.