Digital X-Rays Provide Faster Treatment & Less Radiation.
When X-rays were first introduced to the world in the early part of the 20 th century, dentists soon made the technology a regular part of their everyday care, as in many cases, dental issues occur where the naked eye cannot see. Over the years, X-rays have continued to become more refined, leading to the digital X-rays that our dental office uses today. With them, we can create diagnostic images much faster while keeping our patients safe from needless radiation, enabling us to take care of your smile and give you peace of mind at the same time.
The Advantages of Digital X-Rays
Traditionally, X-rays were made with film. In the past, we would have to take an X-ray and then develop the image in a darkroom using a variety of very toxic chemicals. These chemicals were not very fun to work with or store, trust us! Thankfully, digital X-rays make this entire part of the process obsolete. With them, we simply take the image, and then it’s ready to display on a nearby monitor almost instantly.
Of course, the other issue with X-rays is the amount of radiation they emit. While dental X-rays have never emitted a dangerous amount, it has still been a concern for patients for years, especially parents with small children. Thankfully, digital X-rays help in this matter, too. Compared to a traditional dental X-ray, digital X-rays emit up to 90% less radiation, which is great news not only for our patients, but us as well, as we’re around this equipment all day!
And, because all of the images are entirely digital, they are extremely easy to store and send. Plus, we can display them on a chairside monitor so we can go over them with a patient. This allows us to better explain your dental care so you can make more informed and confident treatment decisions.
If you’d like to learn more about digital X-rays or some of the other advanced tools our team uses every day, be sure to give us a call today!