Dentistry cannot be imagined without the x-ray technology. It facilitates dentists in a number of ways, especially in diagnosing and treating problems, which are not yet visible to the naked eye! These include early tooth decay, gum disease, and abnormal growths. Since x-rays became available a century ago, there is no question regarding their importance as a diagnostic tool that has prevented suffering and saved countless teeth. Now, with digital x-rays, the technology has become even safer and more beneficial.
Traditional x-ray films require chemical processing, and since digital x-rays became available a century ago, they have offered a host of advantages over traditional x-rays. This technology uses a small electronic sensor to capture an image, which can be viewed on a computer screen, by placing it in the mouth. Digital x-rays cut the exposure of radiation to patients by as much as 90%. Over the years faster x-ray films have been developed that require less exposure, but a digital x-ray still offers the lowest radiation possible.