A digital approach to dental care enables dentists to optimize the care they provide to their patients. Traditional X-rays use film to capture images of teeth, while digital radiography uses computer software to create digital images of the interiors of teeth that are more precise in a shorter amount of time. The images can be viewed instantly on screen and enlarged for a closer look during a consultation.
At Restoration Smiles: Adult & Pediatric Dentistry, patients can also see what their smile is projected to look like before treatment begins, which can increase their confidence in their dentist. Digital records also allow patients’ information to be stored electronically and safely. This information can easily be shared among a patient’s other health providers as needed. This eliminates the risk of misplacing or losing patient files while also expediting sharing of this information with specialists involved in a patient’s care when needed.
Types of Digital Dentistry Procedures
Digital X-rays are an imaging technique that uses an electronic sensor instead of film to capture X-ray images and make them available for viewing almost instantly on a computer monitor. Unlike with conventional film X-rays, the digital images can be enlarged, manipulated, and viewed from any angle for more precise diagnoses than. Besides being quicker and easier to process than traditional technology, digital X-rays also use less radiation.
An intraoral camera is a small, portable device that your dentist can use to help get a better look at what’s happening in your mouth. The camera can help the dentist see issues in your teeth and mouth that might not be visible to you or your dentist during a visual exam. In some cases, it can even be helpful to see issues that might not be visually identifiable at all. Our dental hygienist or dentist might use the camera to show patients their problem areas and explain treatment to them better.
The Benefits of Digital Dentistry
Digital impressions are much easier for the dentist to capture perfectly than physical models. The dentist can manipulate and adjust the digital image until it gets the details right. This also allows for a more accurate dental impression from the start.
Fewer Appointments Required
Many dentists can complete the entire procedure with more accurate impressions in one appointment. This frees up time for the patient, enabling them to complete their treatment faster.
Digital dentistry involves using the latest technologies in diagnosing, treating, and managing oral health issues more quickly and accurately. To learn even more benefits of digital dentistry and how it can help improve your smile’s appearance, contact Restoration Smiles: Adult & Pediatric Dentistry at 2 Coolidge St Suite 202, Hudson, MA 01749 or call (508) 658-0661.