Dental radiographs, commonly referred to as “X-rays,” are pictures of patient’s teeth, bones and surrounding soft tissues. These images are taken to screen for and help identify problems with the patient’s teeth, mouth and jaw. X-ray pictures can show cavities, cancerous or benign masses, hidden dental structures (such as wisdom teeth) and bone loss that cannot be seen with the naked eye. Dental X-rays may also be done as a follow-up procedure after dental treatments.
Digital X-ray technology simply replaces film with a digital sensor. Digital X-ray technology offers many advantages over traditional, film-based X-rays, such as:
Less radiation — Digital X-rays use up to 90% less radiation than film X-rays.
Shorter appointments — With traditional film X-rays, the patient has to wait while the films are being developed. With digital radiography, the sensor projects pictures directly onto a computer screen in real-time.
Higher quality images — Digital X-rays can be enlarged or magnified, allowing Dr. Sulzbach to see a better visual of the patient’s tooth structure. Brightness, contrast and color can all be adjusted, allowing for easier and more accurate diagnosis. If a hard copy of the X-ray is needed, digital images can be easily printed out.
Environmentally friendly — Digital X-rays are much better for the environment. With digital radiography, no chemicals are used to develop the film and there is no waste.