In the past, traditional X-rays could mean expensive lab fees and long waits when you were undergoing a dental procedure. It is vital that your dentist gets a comprehensive view of your mouth when he or she is examining it. Multiple X-rays would often have to be taken to get different angles on your teeth but digital X-rays are 3D and the process is now so much faster.
The 3D images which digital x-rays produce can be saved instantly on modern computer systems and be used in conjunction with other techniques to produce speed, efficient practice. For example, having a new crown or veneer fitted with CEREC technology is quicker than ever. Your dentist will take a 3D, digital X-ray of the tooth in need of a crown or veneer and this data is sent to an online milling machine. In just six minutes, the veneer or crown will be constructed and ready to be fitted in your mouth.
The speed with which digital X-rays work means that anxious patients don’t have to spend as much time in the surgery. Waiting time is cut down because moulds do not necessarily have to be taken of your teeth and then made into impressions. Such cutting edge technology would usually increase the costs of the practices in which it is involved, but digital X-rays actually reduce the prices of many dental practices because there are far fewer lab fees and only one X-ray needs to be taken.
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