Did you know that X-rays were initially discovered in 1895 by a German physicist? The knowledge of how X-rays work has steadily progressed since then, and nowadays digital X-rays are widely used (which use 90% less radiation!) And X-rays aren’t the only technology that’s been perfected over the years. Today, patients have the benefit of new discoveries that lead to more comfortable procedures and better results. Keep reading to find out how digital X-rays and other types of dental technology in Sapulpa benefit you – and how they make having a healthy smile easier than ever!
How Do X-Rays Benefit You?
Dental X-rays are used to find decay and other potential problems as soon as possible, when they’re small and easy to fix. You might assume that you would know if you had a cavity because you would be in pain, but many cavities aren’t painful until they’ve become much larger.
Also, your dentist simply can’t see what’s happening underneath the surface of your teeth and jaws without X-rays. If they can catch a small cavity before it’s progressed to the deeper layers of a tooth, they can fix it with a small, inexpensive filling.
Without X-rays, they can easily miss a cavity until it’s gotten much bigger. At this point, people start to feel pain because the cavity has gotten close to the nerve, which means it may require a crown or root canal to fix.
Simply put, X-rays minimize the need for more extensive dental work. And since they’re digital, they use a fraction of the radiation that they once did – which everyone can agree is a good thing!
What Other Types of Technology Can Make Dental Work Easier?
The dental field has come a long way over the years. Today, patients can have dental procedures done in a much faster and more efficient way – with a lot less discomfort! In addition to digital X-rays, here are some examples of new technology that can make your dental work easier than ever:
- Laser dentistry – Imagine having a dental procedure done with a fraction of the discomfort (or none at all), less anesthesia, and faster healing. Laser dentistry makes that a reality. In addition, lasers help dentists to be more precise, which means there’s much less bleeding and swelling during and after a procedure.
- Water filtration – You may not think about the water source being used at your dental office, but that doesn’t mean it can’t affect you! Water-borne contaminants and bacteria can adversely affect an otherwise successful procedure, but with water filtration, harmful bacteria are removed right at the source.
Don’t hesitate to ask your dentist in Sapulpa about the technology they have. Since dental work has to be done, you may as well have it done with the best technology available!
About the Author
Dr. Parnam Mohanna is a general, cosmetic and restorative dentist who is always on the lookout for technology he can use to give his patients outstanding results – as efficiently and comfortably as possible. His goal is to help his patients have a great experience in the dental chair so they can achieve a healthy, beautiful smile. If you have any other questions about X-rays or other dental technology, he can be reached via his website or at (918) 216-1000.