At Briarcliff Endodontics we carefully choose which and when radiographs are taken. There are many guidelines that we follow. Radiographs allow us to see structures we cannot see with our own eyes. Radiographs enable us to detect cavities in between your teeth, determine bone level, and analyze the health of your bone. We can also examine the roots and canal space of teeth, diagnose lesions such as cysts or tumors, as well as assess damage when trauma occurs.
Dental radiographs are invaluable aids in diagnosing, treating, and maintaining dental health. Exposure time for dental radiographs is extremely minimal. Briarcliff Endodontics utilizes Digital Imaging Technologies within the office. With digital imaging, exposure time is about 90 percent less when compared to traditional radiographs and the radiation dose is reduced by approximately 78 percent according to a study by Soh and colleagues. Digital imaging can also help us retrieve valuable diagnostic information. Digital X-rays offer more precision since we view the image on a computer monitor, instead of holding up a 35mm film up to the light. Digital imaging also allows us to conveniently store patient images, and enables us to quickly and easily transfer them to our colleagues when necessary.
Soh, George; Fun-Chee Loh; Yea-Hwe Chong; Radiation Dosage of a Dental Imaging System; Quintessence International . Mar1993, Vol. 24 Issue 3, p189-191. 3p.
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