Digital radiography uses digital x-ray sensors to create images, instead of the traditional film method. While traditional x-rays could give the dentist a clear image of the patient’s teeth and jawbone, the newer technology of digital x-rays offers a safer and more convenient option.
With digital x-rays, the dentist uses a digital sensor instead of a biteplate to capture the images he wants. This system exposes the patient to significantly less radiation than traditional film x-rays. Once the image has been captured, they are immediately uploaded to the technician’s computer.
Digital x-ray images are sharper and more detailed than traditional x-ray images, making diagnosis faster and more accurate. The images develop faster, as well, since there’s no regular film to develop – along with being exposed to less radiation, you’re also exposed to less time at the dentist’s office.
In addition to the safety features, digital x-rays are also more convenient. The images are stored on the office’s computer, so your dental care team can easily pull up all the images taken of your teeth to monitor progress over time.
If you ever move, change dentists, or need to see a specialist, transfer of your records becomes instantaneous. Your dental office can simply transfer the images to the new office or specialist electronically, eliminating transfer time and the need for you to drive to the office to pick up your records.
As an added benefit, digital x-rays require no paper waste or film waste, since it is an entirely computer-based imagery system. This lessens the environmental impact of your dental care.
When combined with the convenience, increased accuracy and diagnostic potential, digital x-rays are an effective and important tool for your regular dental treatment.
To learn more and to schedule your next exam, contact the office of Dr. Daniel C. Bush, serving Arlington TX, at 817-465-0355 today.