Digital x-rays are digital computer images. These images allow the dentist to see your mouth in high resolution, allowing for more accuracy and detail. Digital x-rays are faster and more accurate and don’t require as much radiation as traditional x-rays.
How are digital X-rays taken?
At our office, we use digital radiography. Instead of film, sensors capture the images that are then sent to a computer screen. The images are usually viewable in seconds, and we can even magnify the digital image as needed. Since these X-rays have negligible radiation, we can retake them as needed.
What are the benefits of digital X-rays?
Digital X-rays offer a number of advantages over traditional film-based X-rays. The digital images can be enlarged to show more detail, and they can be manipulated in a variety of ways. The X-rays can also be easily stored on a computer or scanned into your patient records.
Are digital X-rays safe?
Digital X-rays are safe, as they only use a small amount of radiation. The dosage of radiation is so low that it’s comparable to the amount of radiation you would receive on an airplane flight. Dental X-rays help your dentist spot cavities, dental infections, and impacted teeth, as well as bone loss.
They can be used to diagnose about 80% of common dental problems.
How do digital X-rays compare with film X-rays?
Digital X-rays produce a high-quality image that is instantly visible on a laptop computer. The image can be enlarged, rotated, or even color-coded. Digital X-rays can be emailed or printed for patients.
Film X-rays, on the other hand, require development, which can take up to 20 minutes. A dental professional must then examine the image to determine whether additional X-rays are necessary.
Is digital radiography a good option for me?
If you are pregnant or think you may be pregnant, it’s important to let your dentist know. In most cases, the radiation emitted by digital X-rays is so small that it won’t harm your baby.
If you have implants or metal fillings, digital X-rays may not be a good option for you. Metal doesn’t show up well on digital x-rays, so your dentist may need to use another form of imaging.
To find out more about the dental services offered at Bergeron Dental, call (907)-456-5600 or schedule an online consultation. You can also visit us at 3112 Airport Way, Suite 2, Fairbanks, AK.