Digital technology is being used in many disciplines these days, and dentistry is no exception. If you have been to the dentist more than once or twice, you have likely had digital X-rays taken. The older method of doing this involved the use of film that usually had to be placed in the mouth in order to take the X-ray. It would then need to be developed and the pictures placed against a lighted background to see the images.
Digital X-rays make all the activities associated with getting images of the teeth much easier. There are a number of advantages for both the dentist and the patient to be obtained by converting to digital X-rays. One of the largest benefits is a dramatic reduction in radiation exposure. Digital X-ray machines emit as much as 80 percent less radiation than the older units do.
With digital X-rays, there is no more film to deal with. It is no longer necessary to take it into a dark room in order to develop it to produce a usable picture. Digital technology makes the images available almost immediately. They are also available on a computer screen without the hassle caused by the old method.
Digital X-ray images can be stored electronically. This makes them much easier to keep with the patient’s records. They are also easier to retrieve when the dentist needs to refer to them in the future. When the images need to be viewed by other dentists or healthcare professionals for whatever reason, they can be sent electronically.
The equipment used to take digital X-rays is easier to use. Rather than worrying about the exact placement of the film in relation to the machine, all that needs to happen is to point the device at the proper location and take the image.
If the dentist needs to zoom in to get a closer view of something in the picture, it can easily be done with the existing image. There is no longer a need to take another X-ray. This reduces the level of radiation exposure to the patient even further, and it is less aggravating to the patient. The picture can also be adjusted for more or less brightness and contrast. These advantages allow the dentist to get a clearer view of the teeth in question. As a result, the quality of care is improved.