Digital x-rays are an essential diagnostic tool, enabling the dentist to see teeth, bones and gums. By revealing hidden problems, like an interdental cavity, x-rays help dentists propose the best treatment plans. Digital x-rays are safe, comfortable and an important tool.
What are digital x-rays?
Digital x-rays use electronic captors instead of x-ray film. The images are saved automatically to the computer so that they can be accessed right away.
The many benefits of this medical imagery technique:
- Immediate access to the images
- Ability to adjust the image and contrast (resolution adjustment)
- Easier retakes
- 90% reduction of radiation exposure as compared to traditional methods
- Reduced ecological footprint (no film to develop or chemical products)
- Excellent communication tool as it helps patients understand issues and procedures
- Information is archived and can be easily shared
What can digital x-rays reveal?
- Interdental cavities
- Positioning problems with teeth and roots
- Bone loss
- Abscess or cyst
- Developmental issues
There are many types of x-rays, each one with its own features to help dentists make precise diagnoses. The most used x-rays are bite-wing x-rays, taken during check-ups, and panoramic x-rays (Panorex).