As time has passed technology has been intertwined with the medical field. Many advancements have taken the medical field into the future. Dentistry has benefited from technology and dentist clients have benefited as well. Better care, less recovery time and less time wasted at the dentist’s office. This is how technology has created a better experience at the dentist.
Digital x-rays are quick to take and easy to enlarge, so problems can be caught early and acted upon before the result in long-term damage to the jaw or loss of the tooth. They can be read on a computer screen, so there is less need for a hanging light panel in the dentist’s office. Digital x-rays accurately diagnose dental decay and emit low radiation, which helps prevent serious dental problems from getting worse. Any problems can be easily blown up on the image and studied in detail for an early and more accurate diagnosis.
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Patients waiting for x-rays in the chair will appreciate that digital x-rays don’t have to be developed. This is good both for the patient’s schedule and for the environment. Additionally, these images can be shared electronically with consulting physicians and with new dentists if clients need to relocate. Finally, digital x-rays greatly lower the level of radiation exposure. A clear set of x-rays, taken just one time, can be shared with periodontists and other health professionals for quality care in a shorter amount of time. Preliminary diagnoses can be made before a face-to-face consultation and speed up the delivery of care.
Many patients suffer from dental anxiety. Difficult experiences at the dentist or childhood that included a lot of dental pain can result in a desire to avoid the dentist. If you or a loved one have struggled to get x-rays because of a strong gag reflex, you can put that anxiety aside. There are many options for digital x-rays that don’t require a sensor inside the mouth. For many with dental anxiety, a strong gag reflex meant that the patient would have to be sedated or administered high levels of nitrous. This put the patient in a dozing state that often led to confusion and discomfort but an inability to move or ask questions. By not needing to bite down on the x-ray apparatus, those with a strong gag reflex, particularly children, can lower the anxiety of the appointment from start to finish.
Dental care, particularly early dental care, is critical to good dental health throughout adulthood. If dental anxiety has led you to avoid the dentist unless you were in pain, access to advanced technologies such as digital x-rays can help reduce your worries.
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