X-rays are very useful to us at Star Plus Dental in Sugar Land, TX. Before we start treatment, we’ll often ask for an x-ray, so we have a full understanding of the situation before beginning to work. It can be a waste of time to ask patients to go get an x-ray then return to our office. It can also postpone treatment for hours or days.
Having digital x-ray machines in our office at Star Plus Dental, however, eliminates these issues. They’ve made our lives easier and increased patient satisfaction and comfort. No doubt, having a digital x-ray machine in the office is a step forward.
Many of our patients worry about x-rays because of the threat of radiation. While getting a couple of x-rays throughout your entire life shouldn’t be harmful, it’s always good to avoid radiation. Digital x-rays have the advantage of reducing radiation exposure by about 90 percent, making them much safer than traditional x-rays.
The scans taken by a digital x-ray are instantly available on our high definition screens. This makes reading them easier and lets us explain the findings to patients without technical difficulties. If you want, we can send you a copy of these x-rays. It would be easy to send them to any of your other healthcare providers too.
Digital x-rays are also better for the environment. No chemicals or waste is produced during scans, and they’re easier to store since it’s all saved on our system.
X-rays, CT scans, and MRIs are the three most common imaging modalities available in medicine along with ultrasounds. X-rays were the first of three to be developed and are still heavily relied upon today by dentists and physicians.
The main value of x-rays is that they’re excellent at showing us bones and teeth. CTs and MRIs were later created to show us soft tissue like the lungs, stomach, blood vessels, and so on. As dentists, x-rays give us all the information we need in most cases. If not, we might need an MRI or a CT scan for a more detailed view.