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Digital X-rays

How does digital radiography work?

The process of digital radiography is quite similar to that of traditional dental X-rays. In digital radiography, a sensor is inserted into your mouth which aids in capturing the images of your teeth. Here lies the difference between tradional X-rays and digital X-rays. Although it looks like the film used for traditional X-rays, the digital sensor is an electronic device connected to a computer. The device captures the images and then projects them on a screen instantly for both you and your dentist to view.

Benefits of Digital dental X-Rays

  1. Enhanced Images: These x-rays are captured using digital sensors instead of traditional x-ray film. The sensors produce high quality images that are saved onto the computer. High resolution and accuracy means that more information is available for the dentist to use. In addition to computer images of the teeth, images can also be captured of the gums and other oral structures.
  2. Enlargement Options: When you are looking at a traditional x-ray film, the image can only be viewed at actual size. Digital images can be enlarged, giving the dentist the option to zoom in on potential problems.
  3. Immediate Viewing: Traditional x-ray film required a waiting period while the film was developed. Now, the digital tools provide immediate viewing of the imaged area. The photos can be pulled up on a computer screen immediately after the images are captured.
  4. Improved Diagnostics: Having access to clear pictures and more information increases the accuracy of diagnostics. Patients can rest assured knowing that the diagnosis and treatment plan is customized based on the exact specifications in their mouth. Digital x-rays can reveal inconspicuous issues such as hidden areas of decay, infections in the bone, gum disease, tumors, and other abnormalities that are out of sight during a visual examination.
  5. Save Time and Money: Early detection methods using digital x-rays help to minimize the treatments that are required. As a result, patients can save both time and money by avoiding more invasive treatments.
  6. Reduced Radiation: Researchers have found that the radiation levels are reduced by up to 70% compared to traditional x-ray equipment. Lowering the radiation helps to decrease the potential side effects and long-term risk of x-ray exposure.
  7. Electronic Storage: The dental office can keep these files in storage indefinitely. Instead of having stacks of paperwork and files, digital images can be kept securely in the cloud for future reference as needed.
  8. Easy Access: If your digital x-rays need to be stored or shared, you have the option to receive a printed copy of the images. Also, these images can be sent through electronic systems to insurance companies, helping to speed up the process for certain insurance claims.
  9. Environmentally Friendly: Since film processing chemicals are not required, digital x-rays offer a way to eliminate the pollution.