Dental Digital Radiography
Dental x-rays are valuable in providing information about a patient’s oral health such as early-stage cavities, gum diseases, infections or some types of tumors. LoPour & Associates has invested in digital radiography which is the recommended system by the American Dental Association (ADA) to ensure the patient is receiving the minimal amount of exposure possible.
Dental X-rays are valuable in helping dentists detect and treat oral health problems at an early stage. Many oral diseases can’t be detected on the basis of a visual and physical examination alone, and dental X-rays are valuable in providing information about a patient’s oral health such as early-stage cavities, gum diseases, infections or some types of tumors. How often dental X-rays should be taken depends on the patient’s oral health condition, age, risk for disease and any signs and symptoms of oral disease that the patient might be experiencing.
We choose carefully which and when radiographs are taken. Radiographs allow us to see everything we cannot see with our own eyes. Radiographs enable us to detect cavities in between your teeth, determine bone level, and health of bone. We can also examine the roots and nerves of teeth, diagnose lesions such as cysts or tumors, as well as assess damage when trauma occurs.
The advantages of digital imaging enables us to not only store patient images, but also enables us to quickly transfer them to appropriate specialists or insurance companies. Dental radiographs are invaluable aids in diagnosing, treating, and maintaining dental health. Exposure time for dental radiographs is extremely minimal. We utilize the latest Digital Imaging Technologies within the office. With digital imaging, exposure time is about 50 percent less when compared to traditional radiographs. Digital imaging can also help Albuquerque dentists retrieve valuable diagnostic information. We may be able to see cavities better.
- Digital X-rays offer more precision since we view the image on a computer monitor, instead of holding up a 35mm film up to the light. Digital X-rays result in 1/6th the radiation exposure to you.
- Our radiographs (“x-rays”) are stored in our computer system so they are easy to see and will never get lost! Our digital imaging allows for faster, safer x-rays with less radiation exposure to you.
- They are also more comfortable than the traditional radiographs taken. Our x-rays save you time in the office as you don’t have to wait on a chemically processed x-ray which takes time to develop and uses messy developing chemicals. Once your x-ray is taken, it’s processed and developed by our computer in minutes.
- Our software allows us to view these x-rays and lighten and enlarge areas of concern so our dentists can diagnose a condition more accurately and detect cavities earlier than they could with traditional x-rays.
Additional information about dental x-rays is available on ADA.org.
About the American Dental Association
The not-for-profit ADA is the nation’s largest dental association, representing more than 156,000 dentist members. The premier source of oral health information, the ADA has advocated for the public’s health and promoted the art and science of dentistry since 1859. The ADA’s state-of-the-art research facilities develop and test dental products and materials that have advanced the practice of dentistry and made the patient experience more positive. The ADA Seal of Acceptance long has been a valuable and respected guide to consumer dental care products. The monthly The Journal of the American Dental Association (JADA) is the ADA’s flagship publication and the best-read scientific journal in dentistry. For more information about the ADA, visit the Association’s website at www.ada.org