New technology has changed the techniques we take dental radiographs. Digital radiology is the revolution in radiology because it allows dentists to use computerized sensors instead of film to capture radiographs of your teeth. In Dr. Aburas dental center we use digital radiography as a routine procedure which is a form of X-ray imaging, we use a digital X-ray sensor instead of old-style radiographic film. When we decide that you need an x-ray it will be on the screen in front of you in less than 30 sec.
- Immediate screening of Images, this is highly required during most dental procedures.
- Time efficiency over avoiding chemical processing.
- The ability to make measurements with real dimensions.
- Easier to digital editing as zooming, brightness, saving, data storage and searching for the image.
- Retake of many Images with low radiation.
- The ability to digitally transfer images and sending it by the network.
- Reduce radiation: by using digital x-ray to produce an image with the same properties to conventional radiography.
- Instead of annoying X-ray film, digital radiography uses a digital image capture sensor. This gives advantages of immediate image showing and availability.
- Riddance of costly long time film processing procedures.
- Wider and flexible dynamic range, which makes it more tolerant for over- and under- exposure.
- The ability to make special image processing techniques that improve overall display quality of the image.
- Patient Education and directly explaining the results as the patient can see the situation on an operatory monitor is extremely beneficial and practical
Types of Digital Radiography:
- Intra-oral radiography:
- Periapical Radiographs
- Bite-Wing Radiographs
- Extra-oral 2D:
- Panoramic Radiograph
- Other Skull Images
- Extra-oral 3D:
- Cone Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT)
When do we need x-ray imaging?
- Initial Diagnosis
this is a routine procedure we always do for the new patient to make a comprehensive view for the teeth and jaw’s boon and see if there any defects or unusual findings can’t be seen clinically by the naked eye.
in root canal treatment we have to take more than one x-ray in several stages during treatment’s procedures, to check the affected pulp, make the measurements of the roots, to and assure that the roots was filling in a proper way. Usually, intra oral radiographs are sufficient for diagnosis and treatment but sometimes or in some complicated situations we may need even a CBCT radiograph.
- Dental Implants
CBCT is quickly becoming the first choice for accurate diagnosis, bone quality checking and treatment planning in implantology.
we use x-ray imaging in gingival treatments to check if there is a gingival pockets around the teeth and if the bone badly affected by the gum disease. Usually we use the panoramic view imaging to diagnose the periodontitis. And sometimes the intra oral apical radiograph is sufficient.
- Complete or Partial Edentulism
Digital panoramic radiographs are necessary diagnostic step to view the jaws, the quantity and quality of remaining bone structure, potential implant sites, and infra alveolar nerve canal location. But when the implants treatment chosen the CBCT is being recommended for planning extractions and implants way.
especially in wisdom tooth extraction, a panoramic radiograph is required. However, sometimes we need CBCT to determine the nerve and the important vital structures in the proximal area of the extraction site.
Digital panoramic and cephalometric radiographs are required for diagnosis and treatment planning in orthodontic analysis. Also CBCT is used a lot recently in orthodontic treatments.