With digital radiography, your dental clinician inserts a sensor into your mouth to capture images of your teeth. The sensor can be connected to the computer or transferred on a phosphor plate. Once the X-ray is taken, the image is projected on a screen for your dental clinician to view.
There are several benefits to using digital radiography over traditional film X-rays:
Digital radiography greatly reduces exposure to radiation. In fact, digital X-rays use up to 90 percent less radiation than traditional film X-rays.
Higher Quality Images
The standard size of traditional X-rays can make viewing difficult. Once on the screen, digital X-rays can be enlarged or magnified for a better visual of the tooth’s structure. Brightness, contrast and color can also be adjusted, allowing your dental clinician to see small cavities easier. If you need a hard copy of your X-ray, digital images can also be printed out.
Transferring Dental Records
Digital images can be e-mailed to a dental specialist for immediate review. Digital X-rays are taking away the expense and time needed to copy films and mail them to another dentist, making it easier to transfer dental records or get a second opinion.
Digital dental X-rays are better for the environment! With digital radiography, no chemicals are used to develop film. There’s also no need to through paper and plastic away which are part of traditional X-rays.