by Dr. Buck 4. May 2010 22:28
It’s been a while since we’ve posted anything on our blog. The reason for this is because, once again, our practice has made some improvements to the way we diagnose and educate our patients. A while back, I talked about the introduction of intra-oral cameras to our rooms which allow us to show you what going on in your own mouth. Well now I’m proud to say we’re introducing digital x-rays to our practice. There are many advantages to digital x-rays and they all benefit the patient. First, digital x-rays emit 90% less radiation than traditional film-based x-rays. So with the digital x-rays, the radiation is almost non-existent. The second advantage is I can put the x-ray on a 32″ TV screen instead of showing you your two-inch x-ray film with the overhead light. Next is the speed of development. Traditional x-rays take about 7-8 minutes to run through the processor. Digital x-rays take about 3 seconds. We also have the ability to email these x-rays to labs, specialists, or even the patient. The last advantage benefits all of us. By using digital technology, we are being nicer to the earth by not having to use the harsh developing and processing chemicals nor do we use the plastic films.
Our philosophy has always to been to strive to be a better practice and we feel this upgrade in technology will allow us to just that. X-rays are so beneficial for me to make a proper diagnosis. I can’t diagnose what I can’t see. So without x-rays, your exam is really not complete. Cavities in between teeth are what we call “flossing cavities”. Now I’m sure all of you are excellent flossers and never miss a day of flossing (hint of sarcasm there). So if you’re not the best flosser, wouldn’t it make more sense to allow me to see those cavities that are developing between your teeth. Once you develop pain or sensitivity in a tooth, it’s usually about the time that I will have that discussion about the need for a root canal and crown. Let’s not have that discussion – let us take x-rays so we can find those little cavities in the early stages of disease. Take a look at my teeth below – no cavities! We’re looking forward to seeing you next time and we’ll show you your teeth as well.