Why Digital X-Rays Are So Much Better For Huntington Beach, CA Dentists And Patients
At the Dental Oasis of Orange County, Dr. Brian Toorani and his team provide the best in oral health. As a graduate of the University of the Pacific School of Dentistry, Dr. Toorani does his best to help prevent and treat dental disease. As a part of the devotion to their patients, the Dental Oasis of Orange County employs the finest preventative and diagnostic approaches, including digital x-ray technology.
Why is digital x-ray technology so much better?
Dr. E.J. Bartolazo writes passionately about how much x-ray technology has improved through the years for dentists. He explains that digital x-rays machines save a dental office an exponential amount of money, since you could purchase a newer machine for about the same price it takes to just run an older machine for one year!
And because more and more businesses are turning to green practices, digital x-rays makes sense for dental offices to reduce their carbon footprints. Afterall, there is no need anymore to dispose of film developing chemicals. And because the x-rays can be saved on a computer, a dental office can go paperless and just transfer copies through email to insurers, patients, and other healthcare providers.
However, these improvements don’t just make the dental office easier for its employees: these x-ray technologies greatly affect you, the patient, much more than you think.
For instance, Dr. Bartolazo says that digital methods can reduce radiation exposure by as much as 80%! This is great news for some patients–like soon-to-be moms–who definitely need to see the dentist, but are concerned about their baby. Thankfully, studies have shown that x-rays have not increased any risks for fetuses. Besides lower radiation levels of new machines, x-rays also make sure to use apron and thyroid shields during x-rays. Because pregnant women can have more decay (due to acid wear on teeth from morning sickness) and an increased risk for dry mouth and gum disease, it is imperative that they have oral care during their pregnancy. And with new x-ray technology, now they–and other patients–can have peace of mind.
Two other huge benefits for both dentist and patients are efficiency and thoroughness. Because digital images can be brought up on a computer in a few clicks, employees don’t have to waste their time developing film and can spend more time dealing with a patient’s concerns. Plus, many digital x-rays have software which allows dentists to adjust image sharpness, zoom in, create contrasts, and otherwise, manipulate the image so that not only will it be easier to read, but more likely that you will get the best preventive care with early x-ray detection.
Which Huntington Beach, CA patients need digital x-rays?
Everyone should at least get x-rays when they start going to a new dentist. This gives the dentist and staff a good baseline of your oral health. While many insurers couple x-rays with routine dental cleanings, others do not. So if you are in very good health, you may forgo having x-rays done each time due to money concerns. If you do this, you will have to be proactive about your hygiene and letting the dentist know if you have any change in your oral cavity that needs further inspection. On the other hand, your overall health plan may cover x-rays, but you may only need to pay a copay.
If you have a disease or a family history of oral issues–like cancer–then your dentist may recommend that you take precautions with x-rays.
Lastly, children often need x-rays more than adults simply because their jaws and teeth change a lot while they are growing, and some young children haven’t established good brushing habits, so they may be more prone to decay.
What kinds of digital x-rays are there?
Intraoral and extraoral are both broad categories for different kinds of x-rays. Intraoral x-rays are taken inside the mouth of the patient. Extraoral x-rays are taken outside of the mouth. Intraoral x-rays, the preferred method by most dentists, allow the dentist to see the tooth, bone, and surrounding tissue in extreme detail. With these highly detailed images, your dentist will easily be able to detect any signs of cavities, periodontal (gum) disease, developing teeth, and any other problems or developments.
Other common sub-categories of x-rays that may be taken include:
- Bite-wings: These show if your teeth occlude, or come together correctly with a profile of both your upper and lower jaws. These films also are used to see if you have any cavities.
- Periapicals: These x-rays are used when a dentist wants to look at just one tooth in particular. He or she will look at the entire tooth and its roots in search of any abscesses or cysts. If you are undergoing dental implants or orthodontic treatment, these kinds of x-rays are also taken.
- Occlusals: These x-rays give an overhead view of the teeth, and they are mainly used for children since they show both baby teeth and permanent teeth.
- Panoramics: These x-rays are large and show not only your teeth, but your nasal area, jaws, and sinus region. These are very important x-rays for dental implants and for treatments like braces. These x-rays can also help dentists determine if a child or teen’s wisdom teeth will erupt correctly or if they’ll need to be removed.
As you can see, every type of x-ray is employed in a large number of procedures and preventative methods. Dr. Alex Parsi says that in the past, patients may have been a little doubtful as to whether or not a procedure really accomplished something since changes were so gradual, but with the ability to pull up both pre and post digital x-rays immediately, Parsi says that that ability has helped his patients find acceptance with their treatment and build trust with their dentist.
Contact The Dental Oasis in Huntington Beach
The Dental Oasis of Orange County is proud to be able to bring this level of trust and fine dentistry to their clients as well. If you have any questions regarding intraoral or extraoral x-rays, call (714) 894-7700 or visit the Dental Oasis of Orange County. Click here to request an appointment online.
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“The Dental Oasis is focused on raising the bar of excellence with patient experience. Essentially by providing great customer service and exceeding expectations. Ultimately, it’s all about our patients and it is what we love to do. My passion is dentistry. My love is for my patients. This is why I come to the office every day. Our modern, tranquil, peaceful, and spa-like environment will make you forget that you are at the dentist’s office. We utilize all the latest technology in dentistry and offer many amenities that will make your visit a unique and relaxing one. Whether you need a teeth cleaning, crown, or dental implants, we are here to serve you. At The Dental Oasis you are family.” – Dr. Brian Toorani