Digital and Panoramic Radiography
Here at Embree Dentistry in Ann Arbor, MI our goal is to find oral health issues while they are still in their beginning stages, and are therefore still reversible or preventable. By finding oral health issues in these early stages, we can often help our patients to avoid costly or dangerous diseases or treatment methods. We rely on our expertise and high tech tools to help us find and diagnose these oral health issues. One of the most effective tools that we have at our disposal is digital radiology and panoramic radiology.
What is Radiology?Radiology is the science that deals with X-rays and other similar high energy radiation that is intended for the diagnosis and treatment of medical maladies. X-rays are a fabulous tool that helps us to see through the various tissues within your mouth and detect issues as they arise.
The Difference Between Digital and Traditional RadiologyIn the past couple of decades, digital radiology has become more prevalent than traditional X-rays. While both digital and traditional radiology accomplishes roughly the same tasks of giving us a deeper look within, beneath, and through the tissues of your mouth, digital radiology offers some notable benefits over the traditional X-rays.
Both traditional and digital X-rays expose patients to a safe level of radiation every time we take an exposure. Digital X-rays use significantly less radiation to accomplish the same goal as traditional X-rays. Digital X-rays expose patients to one-fifth of the radiation that a traditional X-ray does. While both forms of X-ray are safe, less exposure to radiation is always better for the patient.
Traditional X-rays require at least 10 to 15 minutes to develop, and we have no way of knowing whether or not they came out correctly and will be able to help us. Digital X-rays solve for all of these problems because they require no developments time. Similar to a digital camera, digital X-rays are viewable immediately after being taken, so if we determine that we need to take another set because they first set didn't turn out quite right, no time is lost.
Finally, Digital X-rays allow us to view the radiological images in high definition. We can zoom in on particular areas of your mouth and see the image in much higher detail that we can view traditional X-rays.
How X-Rays Are UsedWe use X-rays to see what’s going on under the surfaces of your mouth, like the gums. Using X-rays, we can see teeth that have yet to come in, the formation of cavities, the weakening of structures in the mouth, and even suspicious growths. Because we can detect so much with X-rays, we rely on them heavily to help us find and diagnose issues in your mouth. We usually only take one X-ray per year.
Panoramic X-RaysPanoramic X-rays allow us to take a large, panoramic X-ray image of your mouth. We use these panoramic X-rays to see the full picture of how all your teeth and structures within your mouth work together. It helps to view these large images instead of smaller, broken apart images of different segments of your mouth.
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