Digital X-rays have been around but are now considered safer than film-based radiographs. They are taken using an electronic sensor and downloaded into computer software which the dentist and patient on a monitor can view. Compared to traditional x-rays, digital X-rays save time and are better for our environment because no harmful chemicals are needed to develop the X-rays onto film. At Ash & Rowan Family Dentistry, digital X-rays expose patients to less radiation than traditional X-rays.
The Uses of Digital X-Rays
Digital X-rays provide your dentist with high-resolution images of your teeth, which allows them to spot any abnormalities that could be signs of decay. Cavities are one of the most common issues that dentists see in patients. It’s vital to catch these early to treat the issue immediately before it becomes severe and requires more invasive procedures. In most cases, it can be treated with a filling if caught and treated early enough.
Your dentist can use digital X-rays to detect signs of gum disease, including gingivitis and advanced periodontal disease. These images can help your dentist look for pockets of bacteria between your teeth and below the gum line. When caught and treated early, gum disease is reversible. Treating it can save you from losing teeth later down the line.
The Advantages of Digital X-Rays
Taking and viewing images takes a fraction of the time than with traditional x-rays. If needed, you can also easily send and share these images between multiple specialists and doctors.
Safe, Convenient Treatment
Digital X-rays are the safest and most convenient way for dentists to view teeth and underlying bone structures without taking a traditional X-ray. They don’t expose patients to harmful radiation and are easy to view on a computer monitor or TV screen. Dental professionals can immediately share digital X-rays with patients to help explain their condition and treatment options.
Although digital technology reduces environmental impact, it also reduces waste produced while processing traditional technology. This helps reduce paper waste and the number of trees that must be cut each year to make new films. It is also more environmentally friendly to transport digital images versus hard copies.
Better Image Quality
The images produced by digital radiography technology are of much higher quality than those created with film. This means it is easier to detect problems with your teeth.
Digital X-rays benefit every dental office setting because they allow for superior diagnostics and communication between doctors and their patients, among doctors and other healthcare providers, and with other healthcare providers. For the best dental care tailored to your needs, visit Ash & Rowan Family Dentistry at 5528 N Ash St, Spokane, WA 99205, or call (509) 325-1886.