When you have a severe toothache or mouth pain, your dentist’s visual check isn’t always enough to identify its root cause. Nourhan Mekawy, DDS, at Island Smile Dental Group in Levittown, New York, uses digital X-rays to get to the bottom of your problem. Like traditional X-rays, digital X-rays are quicker and safer, so you can be in and out and receive a diagnosis much sooner than before. If you need expert dental care, contact Island Smile Dental Group through the web inquiry form or by calling the practice today.
A digital X-ray- is the latest advancement in dental imaging technology. Traditionally, you had to bite down on several film plates so that your dentist could take a series of X-ray pictures of your teeth.
Digital X-rays capture images using a small, electronic sensor that Dr. Mekawy places inside your mouth.
Typically, Dr. Mekawy takes digital X-rays once a year at one of your bi-annual dental checkups. If you’re receiving treatment for a specific problem or if she previously identified a problem she wants to keep an eye on, she could order X-rays more often.
Other factors that can determine how often you have X-rays include your age and if you have a history of tooth decay and/or gum disease.
Dr. Mekawy X-rays all new patients so that she has the most current images of your mouth.
Digital X-rays are fast becoming the preferred way to take dental images. The advantages over traditional X-rays include:
Digital X-rays deliver 80% less radiation than conventional X-rays.
Digital imagery is sharper. Dr. Mekawy uses innovative imaging software that allows her to enlarge and enhance the photo and zoom into specific areas to take a closer look. She can also adjust contrast and compare the images to past X-rays to detect even the smallest changes.
Digital X-ray images appear on Dr. Mekawy’s computer screen seconds after she takes the picture. She can show you what’s happening inside your mouth, immediately reach a diagnosis, and discuss your treatment options.
Traditional X-rays are hard copies of photographs. To share and make additional copies, dentists had to scan them into the system, and the output was often of poor quality. Digital X-rays provide crystal clear pictures Dr. Mekawy can print off or email to you or dental specialists.
If you lose a traditional X-ray, you have to have it retaken. Digital images are saved into the system under your patient details, and Dr. Mekawy can retrieve them at any time.
Digital X-rays have transformed modern dentistry, allowing Dr. Mekawy to provide comprehensive and detailed patient care plans. Make an appointment at Island Smile Dental Group today. Call the practice or request an appointment online.