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Digital Radiography

X-rays can be very difficult to read without special training. New technology is available to enlarge the images and to allow for clearer images so reading the x-rays or radiographs is greatly improved. We have invested with the best digital x-ray imaging company in the world, Dexis. Dexis Imaging products have been at the forefront of digital x-ray imaging in dentistry for years and we are proud to be partnered with them.

●   The Most Comfortable Sensor

●   9 Out of 10 People Prefer the Comfort of DEXIS

The unique, ergonomic shape of the DEXIS Platinum sensor fits more comfortably in patients’ mouths and against the anatomy. Clinicians can move about the mouth efficiently which can mean a more accurate procedure and less retakes due to patient movement.

How are digital x-ray images made?

Digital imaging uses an x-ray machine like that used for dental radiographs made with film. But instead of film in a plastic holder, digital images are made using a small electronic sensor or image receptor that is placed in you mouth to capture the x-ray image.

Unlike conventional x-ray film that may take between three and five minutes to process, a digital x-ray image can be viewed quickly on the computer screen. The image is displayed in a large format on a computer screen rather than the small x-ray film that is viewed on a light box.

What is the benefit of digital x-rays?

Specific problem areas of a tooth can be enhanced with magnification as well as brightness and contrast alterations. Viewing an enhanced x-ray image on a computer screen can help Dr. Wiland to better see a problem area. Patients can more easily understand a dental problem or condition and discuss options for treatment.

Digital x-rays are stored on a computer and can be printed, emailed, copied, or sent to other dental offices that may need an image of a particular tooth. X-rays can easily be compared to a future x-ray image to see if and how conditions have changed.

Are dental x-rays Safe?

Dental x-ray examinations require very low levels of radiation exposure, which makes the risk of potentially harmful effects extremely small.

Digital x-rays are also safer because the exposure is much lower (almost half) than film based x-rays. The digital sensors are so sensitive they require less radiation to generate an image.

The American Dental Association has made the following statement regarding radiation exposure with dental x-rays:

"The whole-body radiation exposure associated with four bitewing radiographs is approximately 38 microsieverts, for example. By comparison, an airplane flight at 39,000 feet is associated with an exposure of about 5 microsieverts per hour. This means the exposure during a set of four bitewing radiographs is roughly equivalent to a seven-hour flight. These estimates are based on traditional film-based x-rays; many digital x-ray systems may require even less radiation."

About Us

Bruce B. Wiland, DDS, MSD is board certified in the specialty of periodontics which includes the placement of dental implants. Other services include laser periodontal therapy, esthetic tissue contouring and nonsurgical treatment.

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