Central Bucks Dental Associates strives to provide the finest dental care available today in cosmetic and general dentistry. Our trained administrators are available to ensure that you have a successful and comfortable experience with our office.
Thanks to science, modern techniques allow our patients to receive dental treatment without the pain and time associated with old-fashioned dentistry. Dental technology is even being developed to make dental X-rays safer and more convenient.
While dental X-rays emit low amounts of radiation and every precaution is taken to protect patients from exposure, some dental patients may still put off dental X-rays for safety reasons. Dental X-rays bring up other issues for patients, including the wait time for film to be developed and environmental concerns. Dentists are addressing these issues with digital radiography, a high-tech replacement for traditional dental X-rays.
Lights! Digital Camera! Action!
The physical process for digital radiography is actually similar to traditional dental X-rays that use film: With digital radiography, your dentist inserts a sensor into your mouth to capture images of your teeth -- but that's where the similarities between conventional and digital dental X-rays end. Although it resembles the film used for bite-wings and other X-rays, the digital sensor is electronic and connected to a computer. Once the X-ray is taken, the image is projected on a screen for your dentist to view.
There are several benefits to using digital radiography over traditional film X-rays:
Less Radiation -- The equipment used in digital radiography exposes dental patients to much less radiation. In fact, digital X-rays use up to 90 percent less radiation than film X-rays. While conventional dental X-rays are relatively safe, digital radiography is an excellent option for those who take X-rays on a regular basis or for those who are concerned about radiation.
When you have X-Rays taken in our office, you won't have to wait for X-Ray film to be developed. You will immediately see a digital X-Ray image on a computer monitor, very near the chair you're sitting in. There's no waiting for the film to be developed, so you don't waste your time. Digital radiography exposes you to up to 90 percent less radiation than traditional film X-Rays do. It's much safer than the old technology, and with this important new tool, you'll be involved in treatment planning much more than before. The large images, combined with tools that enable us to highlight potential problem areas on the screen so you can see them, enable you to understand just what we are talking about. In our practice, you're directly involved in treatment planning, so you know just what to expect.