Basics of Digital Imagery

Digital imagery, generally in the form of digital x-rays, have become increasingly popular. Dr. McDowell at McDowell Family and Cosmetic Dentistry has trained extensively on his new software, which provides a number of advantages for his patients.

More Comfort Equals Less Stress

For many people, a trip to the dentist can be a stressful part of the day. New digital x-ray technology allow for quicker images with a greater degree of comfort.

Dental x-rays are a valuable part of any dental maintenance program – in the past, they have been uncomfortable, time-consuming and messy. With digital imaging, however, x-rays can be taken in a fraction of the time. Images of each patient’s teeth instantly to the computer network in Dr. McDowell’s office, where they can be immediately evaluated. The focus is on you and your comfort, not on developing your x-ray film.

More Accurate Imaging

If you’ve ever had dental pain that you couldn’t exactly pinpoint, then you can appreciate the accuracy of digital imagery. This new digital x-ray technology allows for more detailed images of your teeth and gums, allowing Dr. McDowell to see decay, cracks, or other potential problems that aren’t visible on traditional x-rays.

In addition, these images are easier to read and share with patients, especially when a problem occurs. Dental patients can see images of their teeth on a large computer monitor, and Dr. McDowell can discuss problem areas while focusing on the images. Digital x-rays also allow Dr. McDowell to zoom in and circle important sections of your teeth displayed on the computer monitor.

Problems are Detected Early

Digital x-rays allow for potential problems to be detected earlier than with traditional x-rays. Dr. McDowell can pinpoint tooth decay at its earliest stage, especially on the roots and between teeth.  This is especially valuable when it comes to the development of healthy gum and teeth in children. Raised in a digital age, kids can also understand dental issues better when they’re clearly presented on a computer monitor.

Sharing Important Information

Not only are these x-rays easier to share with their patients, but the versatility of these digital images allows Dr. McDowell the freedom and convenience to confer with colleagues when necessary. If there’s a particular problem that requires a referral to a specialist, your images can be easily transferred and discussed.

The new and varying technology involving dental imagery has many advantages for patients. Call McDowell Family and Cosmetic Dentistry today at 503-655-4111 for your personal appointment!

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