327 Riverside Ave Westport, CT 06880

327 Riverside Ave Westport, CT 06880

(203) 227-3421

We Provide State-of-the-Art Digital X-Rays in Westport, CT

In some cases, dental issues can be hidden from plain sight, and special equipment is needed to find them. That’s where digital X-rays provide clear imaging for dentists to use and diagnose a patient. 

Esthetic Dental Group of Westport provides state-of-the-art digital X-rays to aid in the diagnosis and treatment of dental problems. Our team utilizes the latest technology to ensure accurate and detailed images, allowing for more effective treatment planning.

How Do Digital X-Rays Work?

Digital X-rays, also known as digital radiography, have transformed dental imaging by enhancing the diagnostic process and improving the efficiency and safety of radiographic procedures. These devices diagnose and monitor oral health conditions by providing detailed images of teeth, gums, and surrounding structures. 

Here’s how digital X-rays function for dental procedures:

1. Preparation and Positioning

Dental professionals cover the patient with a lead apron to minimize exposure to stray radiation. The patient is positioned so that the area of interest is aligned with the X-ray machine. For intraoral X-rays (inside the mouth), a small digital sensor connected to a computer is placed in the patient’s mouth. The sensor placement depends on which area the dentist needs to examine.

2. X-Ray Image Capture

  • Intraoral Techniques. The most common type of dental X-ray. The digital sensors inside the mouth capture images of each tooth or jaw section. These are used for detecting cavities, monitoring teeth root health, and checking the status of developing teeth.
  • Extraoral Techniques. It includes panoramic X-rays where the machine rotates around the head. Dentists use this technique to inspect jaw problems, assess teeth alignment, and provide a comprehensive view of the mouth.

3. Image Generation

The digital X-ray sensor or detector captures the X-ray images in one of two ways:

  • Direct Digital Radiography (DDR). Sensors directly capture data and send it to a computer.
  • Computed Radiography (CR). Photostimulable phosphor (PSP) plates are used. After exposure to X-rays, these plates are scanned by a special reader, and the image data is digitized.

4. Digital Processing

Once the X-ray exposure is made, the digital data is sent to a computer. In direct digital systems, this process is instant, while computed radiography may involve delays as the plate is processed. Then, the digital image is displayed on a computer monitor. At this stage, dental experts can adjust the brightness, contrast, and zoom for better visibility of specific details, aiding diagnosis and treatment planning.

5. Safety and Environmental Considerations

Digital X-rays emit significantly lower levels of radiation compared to traditional film X-rays. Reduced radiation exposure makes the procedure safer for the patient and the operator. Moreover, digital X-rays remove chemical processing associated with the film, contributing to a more environmentally friendly practice.

How to Prepare for a Dental X-Ray Procedure

  • Wear Comfortable Clothing: Choose loose, comfortable clothing for your appointment. You may need to wear a lead apron during the X-ray process to protect against radiation.
  • Remove Metal Objects. Before the X-ray, you must remove metal objects that may interfere with the imaging process. It includes jewelry, eyeglasses, and any metal pieces on you.
  • Inform Your Dentist of Medical Conditions. If you are pregnant, suspect you might be pregnant, or have any other medical conditions, inform your dentist before undergoing X-rays.
  • Brush and Floss Your Teeth Beforehand. Clean teeth can ensure clearer images. It’s best to brush and floss your teeth before arriving for your appointment.
  • Bring Previous Dental X-Rays. If you get dental X-rays at another clinic, bring them to your visit. This will help your dentist compare past and current images more effectively.

Safe and Stress-Free Digital X-Rays at Esthetic Dental Group of Westport

Don’t compromise on the health of your teeth and gums. Visit Esthetic Dental Group of Westport for your next digital X-ray and experience high-quality dental care. We ensure your oral health is examined precisely and carefully. Whether addressing a specific dental concern or staying on top of your dental health with routine check-ups, EDGW provides a safe and comfortable experience. 

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