Like other digital photography, digital X-ray equipment offers medical professionals a sharper image to use in diagnostic procedures. Images can also be digitally manipulated using contrast and brightness alterations in ways that are impossible with traditional X-rays.
Patients are also likely to appreciate that digital X-rays can achieve high picture quality with a lower dosage of radiation. In addition, digital images can easily be transferred from one doctor’s office to another or an insurance company via email, on disc or by other electronic means.
Digital X-rays reduce the environmental impact of radiography in a number of ways. Traditional X-rays require the use of film, fixer and developer chemicals which must be disposed of after use. Digital radiography eliminates the need for these materials, as well as the gallons of water used by traditional X-ray developing techniques.
Digital Photography allows doctors to create professional images to communicate information about cosmetic and restorative procedures and benefits. Doctors can create before and after pictures of amalgam replacement, veneering and bonding, tooth whitening as well as many other treatments.
Digital photography is also a powerful diagnostic and patient education tool. The patient is able to see what the clinician sees and instills a sense of value as well as encourages open discussion with patients.
As with digital X-rays, these images can be transferred from our office to another or insurance company.
For the patient, digital impressions eliminate the possible uncomfortable experience of making a physical impression. They are a teaching tool, because they allow the doctor to evaluate the preparation of the tooth for a restoration. When looking at a traditional impression, there are areas that may be overlooked or not adequate. The digital image on the monitor shows the doctor whether or not he has captured all the needed data before sending it to the lab for fabrication. The image on the monitor can be rotated to see every detail. We know before sending it to the lab if more data is needed.
The accuracy of the digital impression allows the lab technician to fabricate a final restoration that has an excellent fit.