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Digital X-ray

Indispensable for Diagnosis: Digital Radiography

Making the finest structures visible: when it comes to the visual depiction of teeth, modern X-ray techniques are unbeatable. Using them, we offer our patients distinct advantages.

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They provide information on the state of dental fillings, show the course of a root canal or provide important information for planning dental replacement. In the early detection of inflammation or caries, too, radiographs are essential. Images of the teeth and jaw are required in the surgery to make accurate diagnoses and to perform the treatment as precisely as possible.

From the picture of a single tooth to what is known as a panoramic image (which gives an overall picture of the jaw and an overview of the tooth positions), what is invisible from the outside can be made visible with the help of X-ray images.

Up to 90 percent less radiation!

Modern dental surgeries today generally use digital X-ray technology. In contrast to using a film exposed by conventional X-rays, with this technique the image is recorded electronically.

The great advantage for the patient is a significantly lower radiation dose than usual — up to 30 to 90 per cent less, depending on the type of imaging. This is made possible by the sensors of the X-ray image detecting device. They are very sensitive to the incoming X-rays, so that only a small radiation dose is needed.

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High image quality for better diagnosis

During the image recording, the sensors or imaging plates convert the X-rays into electronic signals. The sensor is connected via a cable to the computer, the image is immediately visible on the screen. The digital image can now be edited and refined.

The images have a high resolution and show up fine structures even in the micrometre range, for example in the root canal. It is also possible to create a coloured, three-dimensional representation with spatial dimensions. The optimum picture quality ultimately allows an improved diagnosis to be made.

Available quickly with digital technology

But there are even more advantages to digital X-ray images: we can store the electronic images at the dental surgery and they are available on-screen at any time. They can be sent immediately for evaluation to other surgeries offering treatment. Digital technology also gives us another plus for the environment because by eliminating film development using chemicals, there are no chemicals that are difficult to dispose of.

What is the level of radiation exposure?

The radiation dose from digital radiography is less than the natural radiation to which we are exposed during a 30-minute flight at an altitude of 11,000 metres!

Also, compared to X-rays of the lungs, for example, for teeth and jaws, only a relatively low dose of radiation is needed. Nevertheless, caution is advised. Especially during pregnancy risks and benefits must be weighed against each other.