Digital X-Rays are The Best Way Yet to Examine Your Teeth
Digital x-rays are a helpful way to insure better dental health. It’s important to make sure that your dentist uses the most up to date technologies. Naturally, this applies to his lab equipment and procedures, including things like digital x-rays – the latest, greatest way to get an in-depth look at your teeth.
What are digital x-rays?
The actual process for digital x-rays, also called digital radiography, is somewhat similar to the older process used in traditional dental x-rays. When taking digital x-rays, your dentist or one of his assistants will place a small sensing device into your mouth to take images of your teeth. Although the device looks like the film used in bitewing, periapical, and other kinds of dental x-rays, that’s where the similarity ends. You see, the digital sensor is electronic and is linked to a computer. After the digital x-ray is taken the image is almost instantly available for viewing on the computer.
The Benefits of Digital X-Rays:
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There is less radiation generated
The equipment used in creating your digital x-rays generates much less radiation than conventional dental x-rays. In fact, digital radiography generates 90% less radiation than conventional dental x-rays. Patients who are concerned about too much radiation, or who have a lot of x-rays taken, may want to consider the digital radiography alternative.
Dental appointments can be shortened
That’s right, by using digital x-rays you can actually shorten your time in the dentist’s chair. With conventional dental x-rays you have to wait while the dental assistant develops the film. In digital x-rays the sensor develops the picture almost instantly and displays it on the computer screen. The whole process only takes a few seconds.
Digital x-rays produce higher quality images
The size of conventional x-rays can be difficult to view, but digital x-rays have eliminated that problem. Once the image has been transferred to the computer screen, digital x-rays can be enlarged for better viewing of the tooth. In addition, brightness, contrast and even color can be fine-tuned, letting your dentist see small cavities and other small abnormalities. If you need a hard copy x-ray, the digital image can be printed out for you.
Digital x-rays are one more way we use the latest technologies to care for your teeth. Contact us today to schedule your next appointment, and rest assured that if you need x-rays, you’ll be able to enjoy the safety and convenience of digital x-rays.