Digital dental x-rays or digital dental radiography is the process that is rapidly replacing the conventional dental x-rays which use film. In this new process, the dentist inserts a sensor to capture the images of the teeth from different angles. Once the pictures are captured through the digital x-ray, they are projected on the screen for the dentist’s assessment.
This technique is being increasingly adopted by different oral care institutes and clinics, and they do have sufficient reasoning in its favor. These include:
1. It saves your valuable time:
As much as our lives have become busy, it is often the case that most people do not book dental appointments for themselves just because they cannot take out time for it. In this way, they completely ignore their oral health. This new technology shortens the appointments and helps you make better use of your time. This technology has two-fold benefits; for the dentist and the patient. A dentist will be able to cater to more patients in a day while a patient will spend less time at the clinic.
2. Less radiation means less damage:
This innovation in the world of oral health exposes the patient to approximately 90% less radiation than the traditional film x-rays. While it is thought that the conventional x-rays are safer in comparison with the digital x-rays; it is still a go-to for any patient who has to undergo this procedure regularly.
3. The high-quality images help in better diagnosis:
The standard size of images, provided by the traditional x-rays, may cause difficulty in accurate diagnosis, but the digital radiography works with the contrary. All the images displayed on the screen can be zoomed in, enlarged or magnified for a better idea of the structure of the teeth. The brightness, color, and contrast may also be adjusted for the dentist in order to provide a better assessment. In any case, (if) a copy is needed, these images can also be printed with zero compromises on the quality.
4. These dental records are portable and save storage space:
Since these dental records aren’t put into films or do not take up spaces in physical form, they cost less in terms of storage. They can simply be uploaded as digital images, can be emailed and shared between practitioners looking after any case. Digital radiography has allowed such data to be shared in a prompt and less costly manner. Since the whole world is taking steps towards digitization, oral care will also not hold back!
5. They are highly eco-friendly:
As a responsible citizen or an inhabitant of the planet earth, it is our responsibility to reduce carbon footprints. The medical community is taking such steps by adopting environmentally friendly medical practices. The digital dental X-rays do not use any kind of chemicals in developing the film that may, in turn, add to non-biodegradable waste on the planet.
Nonetheless, whichever type of x-rays you choose to expose your teeth to, you should always visit a dentist once or twice a month for your oral health and dental problems. At Louis I. Freeman, DDS, we offer state of the art dental equipment, safe dental practices, and many years of experience. Remember, it is important to smile bright and painlessly! Contact us today to schedule a consultation at (847) 675-7040.