The advances in digital technology are making family dentistry safer, more comfortable, more efficient, and better for dentists and patients alike. Digital X-rays are one area where digital technology is changing the way dental care is provided. Instead of traditional dental X-rays using photographic film, a digital X-ray creates a digital image of your teeth that is sent directly to a computer where it is stored.
The image can be retrieved instantly and displayed on a monitor. The image can be enlarged to get a better look at an area without affecting the clarity of the image. It can also be enhanced such as by adjusting the brightness, color or contrast. If necessary, the digital image can be printed or emailed to another dentist for consultation or referral. Both dentists can be looking at the identical image while discussing a treatment plan for the patient.
Patients benefit from digital dental X-rays not only because of the enhanced dental care, but also from a much lower exposure to radiation. The radiation levels in traditional dental X-rays are very low, but digital X-rays are even lower. The level of radiation a patient is exposed to in a digital X-ray is about 70% to 80% less than a traditional X-ray which helps relieve patient anxiety about radiation exposure.
Digital X-rays are good for the environment since they eliminate the need to dispose of film developing chemicals. They also minimize the amount of storage needed to store patient files. The digital X-ray is stored electronically and available at the press of a button. Digital X-rays enhance and improve dental care.
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