Digital X-rays are used by dentists to monitor developing teeth or to detect any abnormalities relating to your teeth and jawbone or jaw joints.
Conventional X-Rays vs. Digital X-Rays
Digital X-rays are analogous to today's digital cameras. Digital X-rays work in the same way that conventional X-rays do. The difference is that the equipment’s sensors are connected to a computer rather than a film. This makes digital X-rays more precise and detailed than conventional X-rays.
The three types of digital X-rays are: periapical (intraoral or wall-mounted), panoramic, and cephalometric.
Why Are Dental X-Rays Used?
Dental X-rays are taken to track the progress of a dental treatment or procedure or whenever the dentist needs to find out the root cause of a dental problem.
The three main factors that may influence how frequently you need to get dental X-rays are:
- Your age
- The present state of oral health
- Any oral disease-related symptoms
Children may require dental X-rays more frequently than adults to monitor the growth of their adult teeth.
Benefits of Digital X-Rays
- More accessible and easier to develop
- No preparation is needed
- The images have a much higher quality and can be zoomed in and magnified as needed
- Dental records can be transferred immediately to any other specialized office or kept for further reference
- Environmental-friendly - digital radiography does not use any chemicals for developing the film
- Digital X-rays do not expose the patient to radiation and offer real-time images of the oral cavity
Digital X-rays can ensure you obtain the best diagnosis possible.
Digital Dental X-Ray Procedure
Dental X-rays require no special preparation. They are usually performed before the dental procedure.
Make sure to brush your teeth and clean your mouth before your appointment. It will create a more hygienic environment for the X-ray and the procedure.
The process of taking digital X-rays is quite simple. You will be sitting in the dental chair and the dentist will insert a sensor in your mouth that will capture the required images.
Traditional X-rays involved a more complex process and more preparation. Digital X-rays eliminate these issues and make the process easy for both the dentist and the patient.
Get the most advanced dental diagnosis and treatment as well as digital X-rays from Dr. Seung Lee, DDS, at Del Mar Family Dental Care. Contact us at (303) 577-0062, schedule a consultation online, or visit us at 797 Peoria St. Unit A, Aurora, CO 80011.