Digital radiography is becoming a popular method for dental x-rays across the country. With digital x-rays, the dental hygienist inserts a sensor, similar to the bitewings used in traditional x-rays, into your mouth to capture the digital images of your teeth. There are several benefits to using digital radiography over traditional x-rays.
The main benefit of using digital x-rays over traditional ones is less radiation. Although bitewing x-rays are extremely safe, the digital option is convenient for patients who have other x-rays on a regular basis or for those who are concerned and would like the lowest radiation option available.
With a standard x-ray, a dentist prints the film, holds it up to the light and attempts to read it. With digital x-rays, your hygienist can take the image, bring it up on a computer monitor and manipulate it. For example, the image can be enlarged for a better look or change the brightness and contrast, which allows your dentist to identify cavities that may not have been seen on a traditional x-ray.
Transferring Dental Records
Whether you need to see a specialist or surgeon or you decide to change your dental provider, transferring your dental records can be a pain. To transfer traditional x-rays, copies must be made and mailed to the new provider. With digital x-rays, the digital files can be sent by email, allowing your new provider to review the information immediately.
Shorter Dental Appointments
No one likes to spend her day at any appointment, let alone at a dental office. With traditional x-rays, you have to sit through the lengthy x-rays and then sit around waiting for the film to develop. With digital radiography, your x-rays are available almost instantly; you will be in and out of your appointment in no time.
The topic of x rays can be controversial, but the concensus is that many problems can, in fact be detected early with x rays – helping to keep you out of pain!
Until next time, Keep smiling!