Digital Radiology for More Accurate Treatments
Using the most advanced dental technology possible is just as important as staying up-to-date on the latest treatment techniques. The dental office of Dr. Frederic Gaeta is dedicated to providing you with the safest and most convenient treatment options available, which is why our Kailua-Kona dentist utilizes advanced digital X-ray technology.
Digital X-rays provide several advanced imaging options designed to save time, provide clearer dental photos, and expose patients to less radiation than traditional X-ray technology. We welcome patients from Haluaoa, Kukio, and Honalo, HI.
What Are Digital X-Rays?
Digital X-rays, also known as digital radiography, are a type of X-ray imaging that uses digital technology to capture and produce images of the inside of the teeth and jaw. A small electronic sensor captures the X-ray image, which is then transferred and stored electronically by Dr. Gaeta.
Benefits of Digital X-Rays
Digital X-rays have a host of advantages over traditional X-rays, including:
- Improved image quality: Digital X-rays produce clearer, more detailed images than traditional film X-rays, which allows for more accurate diagnosis and treatment planning.
- Reduced radiation exposure: Digital X-rays use less radiation than traditional film X-rays, making them a safer option for patients.
- Faster results: Digital X-rays produce images almost instantly, allowing for faster diagnosis and treatment.
- Enhanced diagnostic capabilities: Digital X-rays can be enhanced to better view specific areas, making the diagnostic process more efficient.
- Increased patient comfort: Digital X-rays are more comfortable for patients because there is no need for them to bite down on film, and the process is faster.
How Do Digital X-Rays Work?
Digital X-rays are taken using a small electronic sensor that captures the X-ray image. The sensor is placed inside the patient’s mouth, directly on the teeth, or inside a small holder positioned against the teeth.
The sensor captures the X-ray image and sends it to a computer, where it’s displayed on a monitor for the dental professional to view and analyze. The process of taking a digital X-ray typically takes less than one minute.
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, digital X-rays are safe and expose patients to significantly less radiation than traditional X-rays. Dentists undergo several safety procedures when taking digital X-rays to ensure the process produces as little radiation as possible. Digital radiography scans are ideal for patients looking to take an inside view into their oral health without being exposed to radiation.
Digital X-rays and traditional film X-rays are similar in that they both use X-ray technology to produce images of the inside of the teeth and jaw. However, there are some differences between the two types of X-rays, including:
- Image quality
- Radiation exposure
Yes, digital X-rays can detect and diagnose various dental issues, such as:
- Dental decay
- Dental infection
- Oral pathologies
- Crooked teeth
- Impacted teeth
Digital dental X-rays provide your dentist with a detailed view of your oral structures, so they can determine if further treatment will benefit your health.
Yes, the cost of digital X-rays is typically covered by insurance. However, your coverage depends on several factors, including the cost of your X-rays, the reason you receive X-rays, and the details of your plan’s benefits. Contact your insurance provider to learn more about your coverage.
Get a Clear Picture of Your Oral Health with Digital X-Rays
Our dentist in Kailua-Kona, HI, is focused on making your dental experience as comfortable as possible. At your next appointment, we’ll be happy to answer any questions concerning digital dental X-rays and how they can streamline your treatment planning.
Schedule your consultation today by calling (808) 329-3314. You can also book an appointment online by filling out our convenient contact form. We look forward to seeing you in the office!