Digital x-rays offer a number of advantages compared to its predecessor. As a patient, you will be exposed to significantly less radiation during the process of a digital x-ray compared to traditional x-ray techniques. Secondly, this format gives our staff an immediate, higher resolution product that we don’t have to use a darkroom to develop. As a patient, this means better overall diagnostic abilities of your mouth. For example, digital x-rays allow for enhanced diagnostic quality by giving us a clearer views, better capability to zoom in on small areas and instant integration to computer software. Should you have minor tooth decay, a tiny cavity or another issue on a smaller scale, our dental staff can enhance your digital x-ray a number of times its original size without having the quality of the picture compromised. This helps ensure you understand the dental issues in your mouth and helps you make informed decisions about any treatment you may require. Digital x-rays are also making it easier for your dental records to be shared with other dentists across the world with a single email. For example, should we discover an oral anomaly, the process of getting an opinion from a specialized expert takes exponentially less time as sharing images of the issue can now be done digitally and instantly. Digital x-rays are also better for the environment because no processing chemicals are needed.
About Dr. Efird
Dr. Jeff Efird has practiced dentistry for over 20 years. His love and respect for the dental profession continues to grow as he sees patients positively affected by proper oral health and quality treatment under his care. Dr. Efird understands a relationship with a dentist is a lifelong endeavor and values the respect and trust his patients extend.
Dr. Efird began his training as an undergraduate at UNC Chapel Hill. He attained a degree in chemistry before continuing his education and graduating from the University of North Carolina School of Dentistry in 1987.
Dedicated to expanding his own knowledge and that of his practice, Dr. Efird has completed over 1000 hours of continuing education since graduating from dental school. Over the last decade he has focused most of his education of advanced restorative techniques and implant restorative solutions. Much of the training has been associated with the renowned Spear Education center in Scottsdale.
A member of the American Dental Association, Academy of General Dentistry, North Carolina Dental Society, and Buncombe County Dental Society, Dr. Efird is committed to providing outstanding quality care to patients in Western North Carolina. He lives in Asheville with his wife and son, and loves to fish and build handcrafted boats.