16 Aug

Find out how digital x-rays used by dentists in Central London speed up dentistry

Having work done at the dentist’s surgery used to generally be a time consuming business but things have changed in terms of the technology that is on offer to dentists. Work is able to be carried out with greater speed, meaning that patients need to take less time off work or away from their families. The new technology does not necessarily mean increases in cost and sometimes patients even have to pay slightly less for treatment.
At the heart of these improvements is the use of digital x-rays. Instead of having to rely on traditional x-rays, the digital version of x-rays is much quicker. Traditional x-rays would have to be sent off and developed in a specialist lab before any observations could actually be made. What’s more, repeated x-rays would often have to be taken in order to get different views on the same tooth. This is because traditional x-rays only yield two dimensional ‘flat’ images.
Digital x-rays are different in several substantial ways. Instead of having to be sent off to labs to be developed, dentists in Central London can view the data from digital x-rays there and then the surgery. The images are also in three dimensions, allowing dentists to navigate around every angle of the image. No repeated x-rays are required and this speeds up the whole process.
When this digital data is combined with computer technology, the results are even better. When fitting patients with, for example, porcelain dental veneers or porcelain dental crowns to cover up broken or stained teeth, dentists can send the digital x-ray to a milling machine which makes the crown or veneer in less than ten minutes flat.