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Digital Radiography


Dentist and young patient review digital x-rays on a computer tablet Digital radiography is an imperative process in dentistry that helps to diagnose, document, and treat modern dental procedures. Digital radiography is short for digital x-ray and allows dentists to instantaneously view images taken of your teeth and gums on a computer, tablet, or television screen at a higher resolution than film x-rays. They make storing and accessing your x-rays easier than films, giving dentists and hygienists the ability to share them when you switch to a different provider without the need for a paper trail. It also allows a dental office to share the files instantly with insurance providers to get approval for procedures, making your life simpler. Our offices at Stansell Dentistry Associates use the latest digital radiography techniques to make your life easier.

The Benefits of Digital Radiography


Beyond making files digital and easily accessible, other benefits come with using digital radiography. Digital x-rays use significantly less radiation, up to a ninety percent decrease than the previous film-only method, making it safer for both you, the patient, and the hygienist or dentist taking the images. It is also considered more environmentally-friendly since it eliminates the need for photo processing chemicals. This may give you greater peace of mind when selecting an office that utilizes digital radiography over the standard film processing x-rays.

Digital radiography also gives dentists the ability to capture images and use them in ways unfathomable years ago. Using a cone-beam computed tomography system, dentists can create 3D models of your teeth and gums to give them a better picture of any underlying dental health issues. In conjunction with digital imaging software, dentists not only have a better chance of diagnosing your oral health problems, but they also have better precision with your treatment plan. This allows you to forgo any unnecessary treatments and gets you the results you want more efficiently.

Types of Digital Radiographs Used


Dental radiographs can take images on both the inside of the mouth (intraoral) and the outside of the mouth (extraoral). Intraoral x-rays are used for detecting cavities, monitoring your teeth post-op, or to help check the development of teeth in children. This not only allows a dentist to check for current problems but also helps identify diseases or problems with your teeth before they become a major issue. Extraoral x-rays are less common but are useful to help identify issues between your teeth, temporomandibular joints (TMJ) and can help monitor jaw growth and development for children and adults who experienced trauma to both their teeth and mouth.

Special Training and Safety Precautions


Although safer than film image x-rays, dentists and hygienists must take special training. Like any newer technology, understanding the basics of how the machines work and following safety precautions is necessary. Training requires hygienists and dentists to understand the latest safety updates, how to use the machines and the techniques and supplies needed. They must also take a course in infection control procedures. Continuing education courses must be taken every few months to ensure proper usage of each machine. Digital radiographs can be used on pregnant women, women still childbearing, and children, although protective lead aprons and thyroid collars are mandated. Pregnant women will often be deferred until they give birth unless it is an emergency.

Looking for a dentist office that uses the most advanced technology to help prevent exposure to radiation while also implementing the latest safety precautions is an important step to getting the best dental care. For more information on our practices with digital x-rays, contact Stansell Dentistry Associates today at 984-477-0177.

Locations & Hours


Brier Creek




10207 Cerny Street, Ste 106
Raleigh, NC 27617

Phone: 984-477-0177
Fax: 919-249-1375

Office Hours
Mon: 8:30am - 6:30pm
Tues: 8:30am - 4:30pm
Wed: 8:30am - 4:30pm
Thur: 7:30am - 4:30pm
Fri: 8:00am - 2:00pm

North Raleigh




1911 Falls Valley Drive, Ste 107
Raleigh, NC 27615

Phone: 984-206-4242
Fax: 919-249-2145

Office Hours
Mon: 8:30am - 6:30pm
Tues: 8:30am - 4:30pm
Wed: 8:30am - 4:30pm
Thur: 7:30am - 4:30pm
Fri: 8:00am - 2:00pm

Knightdale




1101 Great Falls Ct, Ste 102
Knightdale, NC 27545

Phone: 984-733-0330
Fax: 919-415-1849

Office Hours
Mon: 8:30am - 6:30pm
Tues: 8:30am - 4:30pm
Wed: 8:30am - 4:30pm
Thur: 7:30am - 4:30pm
Fri: 8:00am - 2:00pm

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