Digital radiography is the next step in capturing images of the body for certain medical care and information. When using this method for dental purposes specifically, it can significantly enhance our dentist’s ability to zoom in and focus on one particular area or region. The experts here at Dr. Xixi Wu are highly skilled and experienced in using this technology to help offer our patients a more pleasant and effective dental examination.
Different Types of DDRs
There are two main types of these specialized scans; intraoral and extraoral. Intraoral consists of two separate types; bite-wing X-rays and periapical X-rays. Bite-wing X-rays are taken as the dental patient bites down on the film, showing specific details in the targeted area of the mouth. This includes the teeth and gums on both the upper and lower jaws. Each scan shows the tooth from the top down close to the supporting bone. These X-rays can help to detect changes in the density of the bone from gum disease, as well as tooth decay between teeth. It also aids in determining the proper fit of crowns and other restorations, and the integrity and strength of tooth fillings.
Periapical (limited) X-rays show the entire tooth from the crown to below the tips of the roots down to the structural bone in either the lower or upper jawbone areas. These scans are used to detect the root structure and detect any abnormalities in the surrounding bone. Showing any bone loss on each tooth, these types of X-rays assist in treating a number of different conditions from gum disease to periodontitis, and they even help to detect abscesses.
Extraoral X-rays come in a number of different options involving many more specific details and benefits. They include panoramic, multi-slice computed tomography, cephalometric projections, sialography, and cone beam computerized tomography. Our dental professionals will be able to determine which particular type would be best suited for your needs.
Benefits of DDRs
Believe it or not, there are even more benefits to digital radiographs than there are specialized aspects of it. Because they can be instantly viewed on any computer or electronic screen and can be adjusted and manipulated to increase detail and contrast, they greatly improve the dentist’s ability to carefully examine individual portions of the patient’s mouth than would otherwise be impossible. This often times leads to the early detection and quick treatment of various dental problems. This can, in turn, save time, pain and discomfort, and money.
Another advantage is that it is easier to keep these records long term as the size and space it takes to store them is very on small. Any digital micro-storage technology or device can be used to keep massive data storage capacity on small hard drives. This means comparing your images side by side for years to come will help you to keep on top of any changes. They are also much greener and environmentally responsible by eliminating the need for hazardous waste disposal and chemical processing as comes with more traditional X-ray film. The images and records are easily transferable to other computers if you ever request a copy of your dental history.
If you or your family need to get in touch with the dental professionals here at Dr. Xixi Wu please stop by our offices. And we are always happy to help you over the phone. Simply dial (972) 669-9444.