Digital radiography equipment uses up to 90 percent less radiation then traditional X-ray machines and produces instant images of your teeth. Your x-ray images can be viewed on a monitor or a tablet by both you and your dentist. Dental x-rays provide valuable information not visible to a naked eye, and are essential diagnostic tools which help Dentists safely and accurately detect hidden dental abnormalities to complete an accurate treatment plan.
How Does it Work?
The image data is captured by a small digital sensor that is inserted into the patient’s mouth which is activated by the X-ray radiation that’s being emitted by the generator. This technology allows your dentist to capture very sharp image using very little radiation.
Are they safe?
The radiation level produced by Digital x-rays is lower then the natural radiation we are exposed to in the environment. They are very safe for the patient and the environment. The digital x-ray image is captured electronically, so there is no need to develop the x-ray films; therefore, eliminating the disposal of harmful waste and chemicals into the environment.
Advantages of Digital Radiography over Standard X-Ray
- 90% less radiation
- Quicker dental appointments, since the dentist does not have to wait for the film to develop. Digital Image appears instantly on the screen.
- More accurate diagnosis. It allows the dentist to manipulate the images and they can really see more of the tooth structure and the contrast between different areas of the tooth than they could in traditional film-based radiography. They can magnify the image, they can colorize it, and use different measuring tools for more accurate diagnosis.
- Can be e-mail to a specialist or insurance company. For instance, if your dentist sees something that looks like an abnormality, he/she can e-mail the digital image to a specialist to get a second and third opinion quickly.
Below are hidden problem areas that are normally detected by Digital Xrays:
- Decay between the teeth
- Bone loss
- Abscesses or cysts
- Fractures in bones or teeth
- Tumors (Cancerous & non-cancerous)
- Poor tooth and root positions
- Problems below the gum line or inside a tooth
- And More