There are many new technologies and treatments currently being used by West London dentists in the UK. Dental technology is advancing at an incredible rate with tools such as dental lasers making dental surgery less uncomfortable and more accurate, and also significantly reducing the time taken to carry it out. One of the most important and useful new technologies available to dentists is the digital x-ray. This has made possible a huge number of other dental treatments and reduced waiting times and treatment times for all dentists.
Digital x-rays have several major advantages over conventional x-rays. One of the most obvious is the time taken to receive the image. Traditional x-rays needed to be developed in a dark room in special conditions using a number of chemicals. Digital x-rays simply transfer the image directly to a computer almost instantaneously. This means the image can be either printed out or stored in the patients file. This makes comparing x-rays before and after treatment much easier for the dentist. The image is usually available about fifteen seconds after it has been taken and is of an excellent quality. Old x-ray images were developed like photographs and often suffered from the same drawbacks, such as being slightly blurred or of inferior quality.
Digital x-rays also use up to 80 per cent less radiation than the old style x-ray machines. This means they are much safer to use and less damaging to both patients and dentists. This has been a major concern for dentists using x-rays for many years.
Digital x-rays are also very useful for diagnosing muscular problems related to the teeth and jawbone such as TMJ. Internal examinations for these problems are very difficult, if not impossible but digital x-rays allow the dentist to gain an impression of the muscles around the jaw.