With today’s advanced digital technology, x-rays are produced faster, clearer, and with more information than ever before. This has improved doctor and patient communication, while also improving patient’s understanding of their dental health. Our staff at Janice K. Pliszczak, DDS, values our patients, their health, and we want to elaborate on the importance of their oral health, digital x-rays help us educate, communicate and provide higher care.
Digital versus Traditional Film
The old standard dental film x-ray was a challenge. After completing the x-ray, there was a processing time, and the completed image was a tiny slide that was difficult to see due to its size and graininess. Patients had to take the dentist’s word for what the problem was, and sometimes even refused service because they did not understand. Once the appointment was completed, the tiny images were kept in a personalized folder where it was common to lose them and difficult to send off for a second opinion. Digital has changed all of that.
Digital x-rays offer our patients so much more, including:
3D Digital X-Rays
A tool that we use for surgical planning is known as 3D Cone Beam Imaging. It helps us see the structure of the oral cavity from all angles through digital x-ray imaging. We use this technology when exploring and planning surgical procedures including the placement of dental implants. Dental implants are a metal rod that we surgically secured to the jawbone; the procedure is simple, the important work is in the planning. Using 3D Cone Beam imaging, we precisely map the placement of your surgical site, noting the bulk of the bone, and placement of nerves and more. Creating this map will guide us in your treatment.