X-rays are a standard part of regular dental visits. They help diagnose problems and can find cavities and other issues before they become serious. Digital X-rays offer and even wider range of tools to help your dentist ensure your long-term oral health.
What are Digital X-rays?
Digital X-rays, also called digital radiography, use X-ray technology to send data to an electronic sensor, which is placed in your mouth, rather than traditional X-ray film. The sensor is very similar to the film used to create traditional images. This data is then interpreted into a digital image that can be viewed on a computer in your dental office. The images are available immediately—you and your dentist don’t have to wait for the film to be developed.
Digital radiography requires less radiation than traditional X-ray technology, making it a safer process. The digital information, once it’s saved to a computer, can be quickly and easily compared to previous X-rays, which helps your dentist track changes in your mouth. This ability to rapidly compare different images can lead to quicker, more accurate diagnosis of developing issues. In addition, the images can be easily enlarged for a better view, printed out when necessary, and are easily e-mailed to a specialist for treatments or to your new dentist if you move away. There is no need to maintain hard copies, and your dental office won’t require a darkroom for developing the pictures. This makes digital radiography environmentally friendly as well as accurate, safe, and convenient.
What Can X-rays Diagnose?
Radiography is a powerful diagnostic tool for your dentist. Some of the ways dentists use X-rays include:
- Diagnosing tooth decay in its earliest stages
- Evaluating the position of teeth that have not yet emerged
- Planning the placement of dental implants
- Planning the progression of orthodontic treatment
- Monitoring the health of the jawbone
Your dentist will take X-rays of different types on a regular schedule to monitor the health of your teeth and jawbones. When you visit the dental office, your dentist will determine if you are due for X-rays and will administer them if necessary.
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