12 Oct

The latest digital x-rays from City of London dentist

In the past dentists have had to rely on dental moulds and x-rays to build up a 3D picture of what a patients teeth look like. They would then use these images to construct dental prosthetics and artificial teeth. This was a painstaking process that often took weeks. Even the moulding and x-ray processes were lengthy and required patients to make several visits to the surgery.
In the last twenty years however, vast improvements have been made in dental technology. The introduction of computer aided manufacture and design has greatly improved both the efficiency and accuracy of dental procedures. Dentists are now able to design, manufacture and install crowns and veneers in one appointment. All of these improvements have been made possible by the use of digital radiography, otherwise known as digital x-rays.
Digital x-rays is a form of x-ray imaging that uses sensors instead of conventional photographic film. Because the images are transferred digitally, the lengthy developing process has been made redundant, cutting waiting times and cost. Digital x-ray sensors capture images of the patient’s mouth and make it available as a digital file that is readily available for viewing. It can also be saved as part of a patient’s long-term case history.
The possibility for dentists to view, study and save an exact digital image of the patients mouth has made easier a whole range of previously incredibly complex dental procedures. The microscopic accuracy of the images has also improved the quality of the treatment.
Digital x-ray cameras are the very latest in cosmetic dental technology, due to their cost, not every dentist will have one in their surgery but they definitely represent the future of dentistry. Ask your City of London dentist about the possibilities of digital x-rays.