By simply harnessing a controlled burst of X-ray radiation, a radiographic image is created by penetrating oral structures at various levels prior to striking the sensor and producing an intraoral radiographic view inside of the patient’s mouth.
Prior to 1987 these images were all produced on film until French dentist Francis Mouyen gave digital imaging its first introduction into the world of dentistry.
Digital dental radiography has its advantages and disadvantages over film-based radiography. Video Dental Concepts passionately believes that the advantages of digital dental imaging strongly outweigh its disadvantages and we would like to take a moment to compare and contrast what some of these are.
VDC believes that the safety of the patient is always the top priority. One of the advantages of using a digital system like our QuickRay X-Ray Sensors is that it requires a lower dose of radiation and thus safer to both the patient and the equipment operator. The digital solution eliminates the need for film processing which often requires the use of hazardous wastes and chemicals during the processing stages. Digital imaging has the potential to improve the image with an improved gray scale that aids in diagnosis; this is accomplished without the need to re-expose the patient. Some disadvantages are the possible difficulties of ideal sensor placement when placing the wired sensors intraorally, which is solved with proper training and the aid of X-Ray sensor positioning bite-blocks. Furthermore, the initial investment costs when procuring individual sensors, monitors, and software can be an initial setback to a dental practice, however, most dentists agree that retrofitting their practices with digital technology is well worth it and it promptly pays for itself with the increased efficiency that follows the use of practice management software and modern computer technologies.
System compatibility complications with other professionals, insurance companies, and future equipment upgrades are virtually nonexistent nowadays as the dental profession and its network have risen to meet the technological requirements of the 21st century. The ability to electronically transfer images via the internet has sped up communications between practitioners and insurance companies drastically. The digital method increases efficiency and enables the dental professional to spend less time adhering to administrative duties and time-consuming clerical tasks and more time helping a greater number of patients. In addition, patient education and case acceptance has been enhanced by the ability to use the monitor to view and explain x-ray images. Almost all of the practitioners who have made the switch from film to digital with the help of Video Dental Concepts tell us they absolutely love it, and their patients love the fact that they get in and out of the office in less time and more informed.
If you would like help and advice on choosing the X-Ray sensor that works best for your practice or switching to a digital operation,
please feel free to call us at (800) 323-2690. We are always here to help your practice grow.

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