Digital X-Rays

Digital X-Rays 2017-05-10T14:12:36+00:00

Digital X-Rays

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.

Advantages of Digital X-Rays

Digital x-rays offer numerous advantages to dentists and patients alike, besides minimizing the radiation exposure. These include:

No waiting and chemical processing: Since digital x-rays do not require a film to process, there is no waiting time for pictures to develop. Similarly, there are no toxic chemicals to dispose of. Pictures are instantly visible on the computer screen for easy viewing.

A clearer picture: Digital x-rays provide more information as they are sharper and possible to enhance in multiple ways. Areas of concern can be magnified and contrast can be set according to preference. It is also possible to compare them with previous x-rays on screen, making minute changes to your tooth structure easier to detect.

Easy sharing and storing: Digital x-rays provide a better visual aid for the patient to understand diagnosis and treatment options. They can be easily shared through email making them less likely to be misplaced.

X-Rays and Safety

Digital technology minimizes health risks of x-rays, but does not entirely eliminate it. X-rays are a type of radiation, which penetrates the tissue of the body to create an image. This creates a slight possibility of causing cellular changes that might lead to a disease in the future. There are of course radiation sources present in the daily environment, which can also cause a disease, such as the sun. A noteworthy point here is that the chance of it happening is cumulative and not based on single exposure. Regardless of how technology reduces your exposure, x-rays are not considered risk-free. For that reason, dentists only use them for obtaining better diagnostic information. Computed tomography or CT scans, for instance, yield tremendous information per scan although they raise the amount of exposure. No matter which technology is used, professional dentists ensure your safety, and each case is considered individually. Please always feel free to ask if you have any questions about why an x-ray is being recommended to you.