Digital X-Rays Vs Traditional X-Rays and Benefits
With the help of technology, dentistry has come a long way. With all the technological advances it is easier for you to see and understand what your dentist sees. With this new technology, dentistry is becoming safer and more comfortable for the patients. Not sure if your dentist is using modern tools and equipment? Read the list below to learn what some of the newest and best equipment is that dentists all over are using today.
Digital x-ray technology uses a small electronic sensor placed in the mouth to capture an image, which can be called up instantly on a computer screen. When digital x-rays first became available about 20 years ago, they immediately offered a host of advantages over traditional x-ray films, which require chemical processing. Most importantly, they cut the amount of radiation exposure to the dental patient by as much as 90%. While faster x-ray films have been developed over the years that require less exposure, making that difference less dramatic, a digital x-ray still offers the lowest radiation dose possible.
What Are Traditional X-Rays?
Traditional x-rays are a type of radiograph that looks beyond the surface of the teeth and gums to get a better view than possible by the naked eye. Traditional x-rays are considered safe, but expose patients to more radiation than more contemporary methods of imaging. Relying on film processed through the addition of chemicals, traditional x-rays are subject to human error and the film could easily be under or overexposed.
The Digital X-Ray Difference
- Less Radiation: Digital X-ray produces 80 percent less radiation than a traditional X-ray.
- Comfort: Traditional x-rays require a process of lead bibs and biting down on papers that produce great discomfort between jaw cramps.
- Quality: Digital technology is considered more “green” than traditional technology. A digital X-ray does not require chemicals or film paper that is disposed into the environment as traditional X-rays.
- More cost-effective and efficient: Digital X-ray technology is easily available and offered at a low cost to medical institutions. The cost-effectiveness of a digital X-ray versus a traditional one is due to the fact that film is costly.
Benefits of Digital X-Rays:
Besides minimizing radiation exposure, digital X-rays offer numerous advantages to dentists and patients alike. These include:
- No chemical processing & no waiting. Because there is no film to process with digital x-rays, there is no waiting for pictures to develop — and no toxic chemicals to dispose of. Your dentist can immediately show you the pictures on a computer screen for easy viewing.
- Digital X-rays are ready in seconds and digital X-rays give off about 90% less radiation than conventional X-rays
- A clearer picture. It's possible to get more information from digital x-rays because they are sharper and can be enhanced in a number of ways. The contrast can be increased or decreased, and areas of concern can be magnified. It's even possible to compare them on-screen to your previous x-rays, making even the minutest changes to your tooth structure easier to detect.
- Easy sharing and storage. Digital x-rays provide a better visual aid for you, the patient, to understand your diagnosis and treatment options. They can be e-mailed to different locations; they are also far less likely to be misplaced.
These pieces of equipment are helping to make your dentist visit as safe and comfortable as possible, so talk to your dentist about them today. If you want to know more about these and other state of the art equipment that may be used by dentists in the near future, call Lance I Teramoto DDS, Inc today.