Digital radiography is the latest form of X-ray imaging, which involves the use of digital X-ray sensors instead of traditional photographic film. Digital radiography helps your dentist make the most accurate and efficient diagnosis, and quickly develop treatment plans. Digital X-rays allows your dentist to take an image of the tooth or teeth, and immediately sends the image to an imaging program on the computer. Within this imaging program, there are a number of tools that will allow the dentist to take a very close look at the teeth and surrounding structures with amazing accuracy.
Advantages of Digital X-Rays
Benefits of Dental X-Rays
- Faster and more efficient
- Able to view images instantly
- Reduced radiation exposure
- Images can be enhanced to improve viewing
- Images can be stored electronically
- Easy to duplicate
- Avoid the use of chemicals used in the traditional developing process
Since many diseases of the teeth and surrounding tissues cannot be seen by just a visual or physical examination, an X-ray can help reveal:
- Small areas of decay between
- Infections in the bone
- Gum disease
- Abscesses or cysts
- Developmental abnormalities
- Some types of tumors
Are digital X-rays safe?
X-rays are a valuable preventative tool that allows your dentist to detect problems in your mouth that otherwise would not be seen. Finding and treating dental problems early can save time, money and unnecessary discomfort.
Since the digital X-ray exposure is shorter than conventional x-rays, the amount of X-ray radiation is reduced by up to 90 percent. Also, we always use chest and thyroid shields on our patients for added protection.
If you would like more information about digital x-rays or to schedule a visit, please contact our office.