Digital X-Rays

Digital Xrays- X-rays, also known as radiographs, are an essential part of any dental care treatment plan. They are diagnostic, but they can also be preventative, by helping a dentist diagnose potential oral care issues in a patient’s mouth before they become a major problem. An x-ray is a type of energy that passes through soft tissues and is absorbed by dense tissue. Teeth and bone are very dense, so they absorb X-rays, while X-rays pass more easily through gums and cheeks.

X-rays are divided into two main categories:

  1. Intraoral - an X-ray that is taken inside the mouth.
  2. Extraoral - an X-ray that is taken outside of the mouth.

Intraoral X-rays are the most common type of radiograph taken in dentistry. They give a high level of detail of the tooth, bone and supporting tissues of the mouth. These X-rays allow dentists to:

  1. Find cavities
  2. Look at the tooth roots
  3. Check the health of the bony area around the tooth
  4. Determine if periodontal disease is an oral care issue
  5. See the status of developing teeth
  6. Otherwise, monitor good tooth health through prevention

Benefits of digital x-rays:

  1. Images are efficiently stored, retrieved and shared electronically.
  2. Allows further image processing and analysis after exposure, with reduced under- or overexposures.
  3. Lower patient dose due to more sensitive sensors, less X-ray needed.Also, less radiation can be used to produce an image of similar contrast to conventional radiography.
  4. Environmentally friendly, no chemicals and associated disposal headaches.
  5. Enhanced communication with patients and colleagues due to perfect digital copies of X-rays the ability to digitally transfer and enhance images.
  6. Time efficiency through bypassing chemical processing and faster, more economical imaging as part of daily patient care.
  7. Images are instantly ready, no film processing needed.