At Advanced Dentistry of Blakeney, we employ state-of-the-art technology to improve virtually every aspect of patient care. Among other tools, we proudly utilize digital dental x-rays in our Charlotte, NC, office. With this system, Dr. John M. Pinnix IV and Dr. George A. Betancourt can efficiently diagnose dental conditions and plan the most personalized and effective treatments possible. Digital systems offer several important benefits over traditional imaging. These advantages include less radiation, immediate image processing, and high-quality pictures. In addition, digital x-rays contribute to our commitment to patient education.
There are two primary types of digital dental x-rays. Intraoral x-rays result in very detailed images of individual teeth. Extraoral images will show your entire mouth and jaw structure. A digital x-ray system emits safe beams of energy. These rays are less invasive, but no less effective, than stronger traditional x-rays.
Soft tissues, such as skin, muscles, and ligaments, cannot absorb x-ray light. Therefore, the x-ray energy will pass through your body, striking a digital sensor on the other side. Conversely, metal does absorb x-rays. The calcium found in hard tissues is considered a metal. Therefore, your teeth and bones will not be able to absorb the light. Accordingly, they will leave a dark shadow on the x-ray image. Your dentist will examine the clearer negative, which is why your hard tissues will appear white.
Digital and traditional x-rays work similarly. However, digital imaging has several unique advantages over older systems. These benefits include:
Digital systems emit up to 80 percent less radiation than traditional x-ray machines.
The significant benefits of digital x-rays ensure our patients can receive the best level of care during every visit.
Advanced Dentistry of Blakeney is dedicated to providing all of our patients with the most advanced treatment options. To learn more about digital x-rays and their outstanding benefits, contact Advanced Dentistry of Blakeney online or call us at (704) 543-1102.