Dr. Lebedoff

5314 S. Yale Ave. Suite 1100
Tulsa, OK 74135

Digital X-rays in Tulsa, OK

Dr. Lebedoff, one of the best dentists in Tulsa, and our team at Skyview Family Dental want you to know that there is a better and safer way to get your teeth x-rayed. What has been the industry standard for decades and still used by many dental offices, is now considered unnecessarily dangerous to the patient thanks to advancements in techniques and technology. Patient exposure to radiation in the dental office can be reduced by 90%!

Why Do Dentists Use X-rays?

X-rays have been used for many decades and certainly have their place in dentistry. They have saved many patients from suffering unnecessarily by being able to identify problems in your teeth and jaw before they become issues that need surgical attention. X-rays can reveal cavities, hidden impacts, holes, bone loss, and dental structures that have not yet come through the gums (like wisdom teeth). They can also expose cysts, abscesses, growths, tooth decay, and broken roots. In other words, a dentist’s gathered information on how to help you would be severely limited without x-rays! Once an x-ray is taken, we can use it to establish a plan to attack the problems in a mouth.

What Types of X-rays Are There?

Several different types of x-rays have been developed for diagnoses in different situations for different patients:

How Does A Traditional X-ray Work?

If a dentist is using the common outdated method of x-raying patients’ mouths, the film method is used. This method is often associated with heavy lead vests and radiation exposure reduction protocols. While the radiation emitted during a standard film x-ray is a small amount, radiation does accumulate over your lifetime, Its best to minimize any exposure at all. These film x-rays also take a while to develop, which makes for a longer wait time at the dentist.

The Future of Dental Radiology In Digital X-rays

Here at Dr. Lebedoff’s office, we use the latest x-ray technology to make your experience at the dentist as painless as possible. We use digital x-rays (digital radiographs) to make the process more efficient and to minimize the patient’s exposure to radiation. These types of x-rays can emit up to 90% less radiation than traditional film x-rays and are virtually instantaneous.

Improved Patient Treatment

In a study done with dentists who use digital x-rays, 73 percent said they found digital radiology to be more diagnostic that film. This means that the patient gets a better assessment of their oral health and that the right procedure can be performed the first time. Sometimes when there isn't enough clarity in the film, a dentist may err on the side of removing a tooth or removing more of a tooth than is necessary. Having greater detail in the images allows the dentist to perform precision dentistry and removes a great deal of guesswork from the equation.

Minimal Patient Frustration

Patients often struggle with traditional x-rays. The teeth that usually need to be worked on the most are the ones that are the hardest to reach. Traditional x-rays can be painful as they dig into your gums, induce severe gag reflex, and can be difficult to place. The result is that it can take many tries to get the right angle and clarity in the x-ray image, leaving the patient frustrated and uncomfortable.

Convenient Records

They are also saved on hard drives to be easily consulted when needed. No more bulky plastic sheets in large envelopes! Another advantage of digital x-rays is that they can be magnified to reveal much greater detail than regular x-rays. Other features of the pictures can be manipulated, like brightness, contrast, and color. If hard copies are needed, they can be printed. With digital x-rays, it isn't necessary to wait for the film to be developed in a dark room, no storage space is needed for digital x-rays, and patient x-ray information is much more easily shared with specialists or with other dentists when the need arises. Moreover, because all the pictures are digital, the computer can superimpose images taken over time and highlight the differences. When the computer emphasizes the changes, you (and the dentist) can easily see movement, growth, loss, or other subtle nuances.

What’s the Process of a Digital X-ray?

It’s quite quick and straightforward. The dentist will place a sensor in your mouth that will be moved around for each picture. These pictures are immediately loaded onto a computer for the dentist to see and examine. It’s that simple!

Schedule A Better Future For Yourself today!

Dr. Lebedoff has received numerous accolades and recognition for his superior skills, his patient relationships, and cutting-edge in-office techniques and equipment. Our office specializes in patient-focused treatment, and we use only the safest and most efficient technology, including digital x-rays. If you have any questions or concerns about digital x-rays, be sure to give our office a call or schedule an appointment online today!

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