In 1895, Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen, a German scientist discovered the medical use of x-rays when he saw a picture of his wife's hand on a photographic plate. His wife's hand's photograph was the first ever photograph of a human body part using X-Rays. In dentistry, radiographs [x-rays] became extremely important to the diagnosis of tooth decay [caries], periodontal [gum] disease and other oral conditions. They have also been an invaluable adjunct for dental treatment providing necessary information during procedures such as crown and bridge restorations, root canal treatment and implants.
Because technology is improving rapidly in this area, traditional x-rays with a number of safety issues, are being phased out in favor of digital x-rays with tremendous advantages for patients.
There are many benefits to having digital x-rays. The digital x-ray system is more sensitive than traditional dental x-rays, so there is about 90% less radiation exposure. Great amounts of time are saved during dental treatment as the image is captured immediately in the computer. Instead of looking at small x-rays on a light box, large images are displayed on a monitor that allows you to see what your dentist sees, so it's easier to understand how your teeth will be treated. These large enhanced images lead to a more accurate diagnosis. Since no film is used and no dark room with photo chemicals are required, the digital systems are more environmentally friendly.
Our office is constantly striving to make patient treatment safer and more comfortable. The use of digital x-rays is high technology that fulfils that philosophy.