Dental x-rays are absolutely necessary.
Dentistry is one of the many health issues people have where prevention
works very well. If you catch something at an earlier stage you treat it at an earlier stage. Hopefully you catch things before they start. The treatments, the financial burdens are all much less versus waiting for things to show up. The x-rays are a second set of eyes. They allow us to see areas that we couldn’t otherwise see despite all our technology. Unfortunately there can be downward
pressure from insurance companies, to not pay for certain procedures.
But in the case of x-rays, prevention works. We know that not everything you see on the internet is true and so a lot of people come with concerns regarding dental x-rays
and radiation. Are they necessary?
Are they safe? With our technology everything is
digital. It lowers substantially, the amount of radiation
that each patient receives. CT scanner is over and above the regular x-rays that we use and it
provides a 3d image of the patient. Specifically I use it when
I’m placing dental implants. What I do is I would pre-plan surgery
by taking a 3D image of the patient. We look at their case
and look at where the bone levels are. I know ahead of time before the
appointment of the placement of the implant, exactly where I’m gonna place those implants. It cuts down on trial and error.
It cuts down on the appointment time, because we know exactly where we’re going
ahead of time on the day of placement. One of the pieces of new technology
we have is a scanner. We use the scanner in the place of the impressions. Most of the patients don’t like the mold that they bite into to take an impression, and what we can do is digitally scan the
adjustments that we made on the tooth email that to our dental laboratory. It takes out human error element.
Makes things quicker, more efficient. More precise, and then the lab goes ahead
and they will make crown for us. Based off of a milling machine. Once again more computerized,
treatment for the patient.