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Digital Sensors – Not All Are Created Equal

Issue: Summer 2015
John P. James, DDS

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When I switched from traditional film to digital radiographs, I looked forward to all of the benefits of digital imaging. I didn’t realize then that not all digital imaging systems are created equal.

My first digital sensors were a popular brand, which we upgraded to their newer version. None of the sensors seemed to produce the sharp images I was accustomed to with well-made film. After that, I switched to cheaper sensors. Unfortunately, my patients reported discomfort because of the sensor’s edges, and the image quality was not improved. After a few months, still unsatisfied, I thought back to the DEXIS™ images I had received from my referring colleagues. That was when I purchased a DEXIS™ Platinum system.

My staff and I have finally achieved the superior image quality I had admired from my DEXIS-using colleagues. This translates to better diagnostics. For example, when I saw interproximal decay on the occlusal surface, many times, I could not see it on the radiograph. I would re-appoint the patient, numb them up, open the cavity, and take a photograph to document the decay that was through the enamel. With my sharper DEXIS images, I can see this, and I have the opportunity to catch dental issues sooner. I also can use ClearVu™ to make these excellent images even sharper.

DEXIS Platinum is a single-size sensor. This very interesting size works in all situations and with all patients.

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The Platinum sensor has several other advantages, in my opinion. In the past, we had to juggle several sensor sizes. DEXIS Platinum is a single-size sensor. This very interesting size works in all situations and with all patients.

Our patients report less discomfort now. My staff and I have had our images taken and have felt the difference. This is helpful, especially in difficult- to-reach areas, such as for endodontics on a first bicuspid or a cuspid. We also have fewer retakes than with the other systems. The holder system is very sensible, logical and easy to use.

Organization is easy, fast and efficient. I had no problems importing images from my previous systems to my DEXIS software. Now the X-rays are situated next to the chart, and I can choose to display any of the images I want on one screen. I can see all of a patient’s bitewings for several years in a row with one click on one screen. With my older imaging software, I had to click bitewings first and then search down a long list. I could only look at one set at a time or click back and forth.

I am hoping that dentists who are conservative and cautious, but also frustrated with their present system, will make the change. I predict they will be delighted. It is a huge improvement in diagnostic imaging quality, which is a big deal for any dental practice.

About the Author:
Dr. James graduated from the University of California, San Francisco with his Doctorate of Dental Surgery in 1990. He runs a state-of-the-art private practice, Klondike Dental Care, in West Lafayette, Indiana, where his focus is to provide comfortable care that help patients maintain healthy and attractive smiles.