Digital X-Rays

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.

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