Dental Radiology provide the basis for the complete and accurate diagnosis of almost every dental condition.
What is a digital volume tomography?
Digital volume tomography (DVT) provides an opportunity to depict the bony structures of the jaw three dimensionally. The great advantage compared to computed tomography (CT) is a significantly lower radiation exposure.
With the help of this image, surgical procedures can be planned in advance if needed and thus be performed much more gentle and safe. This is particularly the case for implants.
We have such a device in our surgery clinic so that, if required, an image can be produced straightaway.
Benefits of Digital Dental Radiography
Benefits of digital dental radiographs compared to traditional dental X-rays include the following:
- Digital radiographs reveal small hidden areas of decay between teeth or below existing restorations (fillings), bone infections, gum (periodontal) disease, abscesses or cysts, developmental abnormalities and tumors that cannot be detected with only a visual dental examination.
- Digital radiographs can be viewed instantly on any computer screen, manipulated to enhance contrast and detail, and transmitted electronically to specialists without quality loss.
- Early detection and treatment of dental problems can save time, money and discomfort.
- Digital micro-storage technology allows greater data storage capacity on small, space-saving drives.
- Dental digital radiographs eliminate chemical processing and disposal of hazardous wastes and lead foil, thereby presenting a “greener” and eco-friendly alternative.
- Digital radiographs can be transferred easily to other dentists with compatible computer technology, or photo printed for dentists without compatible technology.
- Digital dental images can be stored easily in electronic patient records and, sent quickly electronically to insurance companies, referring dentists or consultants, often eliminating or reducing treatment disruption and leading to faster dental insurance reimbursements
How often the x-rays are needed depends on the medical and dental history and current condition of the patient. Some people need the x-rays every six months. For some people x-rays can be needed in a period of two years.
• Children: Depending on age, the x-rays are needed for the most of the children every six months to one year. Because the decay can be formed easily in the children’s mouth. By the help of the x-rays, it is possible to monitor the tooth development too.
• Adults with extensive restoration work: It is important for the adults with extensive restoration work, including fillings has to be taken regularly x-rays. Because the risk of the problem formation in these mouths increases much more faster. Anyone who drinks sugary sodas, chocolate milk or coffee or tea with sugar
• People with periodontal (gum) disease: The people who have the periodontal disease and who are having a periodontal treatment may need the x-rays more often in order to see if there are significant or continuing signs of bone loss.
• People who are taking medications that lead to dry mouth: In a dry mouth because of the lost of the saliva the tooth decays may be formed easily because saliva helps to keep the acid levels in the mouth stable and when the saliva degree decreases, the acid levels increases and that cause the tooth decay. Some medications cause the dry mouth. The medications prescribed for hypertension, antidepressants, antianxiety drugs, antihistamines, diuretics, narcotics, anticonvulsants and anticholinergics are between the medications which cause the dry mouth. The people who have the dry mouth problem may need the x-rays more often.
• Smokers: The smokers need the x-rays more often because smoking increases the risk of periodontal disease.
Types of X-Rays
- Panoramic Radiographs
- Computed tomography or Ct scanning
Digital radiographs are one of the newest X-ray techniques around. It reduces radiation by as much as 80 percent. With digital radiographs, film is replaced with a flat electronic pad or sensor. The X-rays hit the pad the same way they hit the film.
But instead of developing the film in a dark room, the image is electronically sent directly to a computer where the image appears on the screen. The image can then be stored on the computer or printed out