All Western Dental Offices Convert to Digital X-rays

June 28, 2011

ORANGE, Calif., June 28, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — The superior ease of use, safety and accuracy of digital dental X-rays convinced the health care professionals at Western Dental Services, Inc. to make the advanced technology standard equipment in each of its 260-plus dental and orthodontic offices in California, Arizona and Nevada.

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The years-long conversion has given the dental HMO state-of-the-art diagnostic technology. Compared to traditional X-rays, digital X-rays offer better image quality, and also deliver many more benefits to patients.

With digital X-rays, a small, smooth sensor can be positioned at any angle in the mouth to capture a detailed image. Nearly instantly, the digital image appears on a computer screen, allowing dentists to make the first shot their best shot. After the picture is taken, dentists can adjust the contrast and brightness of the image to detect even the smallest evidence of many oral health issues.

Patients review their X-rays with their Western Dental dentists, a process that helps illustrate indications of decay, gum disease, infections, weakened fillings or improperly positioned teeth.

“The immediate feedback has helped our patients to become more involved in their own dental health,” said Dr. Louis Amendola, D.D.S., Chief Dental Director at the California-based dental HMO.

Computer software gives dentists more diagnostic tools, and enhanced options for displaying, storing and sharing X-rays between computers and networks.

“We are able to enlarge and compare digital images so that patients can see where they are having problems,” Dr. Amendola said.

Using digital technology to diagnose oral health issues considerably decreases the amount of radiation exposure. Compared to conventional film X-rays, digital images use up to 80 to 90 percent less radiation, according to The Journal of the American Dental Association.

“Digital X-ray technology has made our offices safer, greener and more efficient,” said Samuel H. Gruenbaum, president and CEO of Western Dental. “Patients and staff are exposed to decreased radiation, and we’ve eliminated the time and chemicals required to process film. Now treatments proceed without interruption.

“Converting all of our offices was a considerable investment,” said Gruenbaum, “but our dentists, technicians and our patients are very happy that we did.”

Headquartered in Orange, Calif., Western Dental Services, Inc., is the largest staff-model dental HMO and clinical provider of dental services in California. With more than 4,400 employees and over 260 company-managed dental offices throughout California, Arizona and Nevada, Western Dental is the leader in family and specialty dental care operations at convenient neighborhood locations. The company’s strict quality oversight, affordable treatments, group and individual dental benefit plans, as well as evening and weekend office hours, help keep the smiles of nearly three-quarters of a million patients healthy and bright every year.

For more information or to find a nearby dentist, call (714) 480-3000; www.westerndental.com

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