Digital X-rays use a digital device to capture images. Digital X-rays are displayed on a computer monitor rather than having a film developed and they can be viewed or transferred instantly.
How Are Digital X-Rays Taken?
Digital X-rays use digital sensors instead of traditional photographic film. The X-ray sensor is placed directly into the mouth, and the digital X-ray is taken. Then, the image is displayed on a computer screen within seconds. Digital X-rays are also known as digital radiographs.
What Conditions Can Digital X-Rays Diagnose?
Our dental team uses digital X-rays to diagnose a wide range of issues. These images allow the dentist in Oklahoma City, OK to view what’s going on below the gum line and inside the teeth. With this technology, we can spot tooth decay, abscesses and cysts, bone loss, and other conditions.
What Are the Benefits of Digital X-Rays?
Digital X-rays are fast, simple, and comfortable for patients. They require no film, no chemicals, and emit up to 90% less radiation than traditional X-rays.
Digital X-rays are faster and more efficient and provide higher quality images than conventional X-rays. As soon as the X-ray is taken, the image is displayed on a monitor. The image can be enlarged and enhanced for more detail. The dentist can mark areas on the image, which makes it easy to discuss results with you and answer any questions.
The major benefits of digital X-rays include the following:
- Lower radiation exposure
- Quicker image delivery
- High-resolution images
- Images can be enhanced to better diagnose dental issues
- Images can be archived for referral
- Images can be projected on the screen, allowing for better patient education
Are There Different Types of Digital X-Rays?
Yes, there are three types of digital X-rays: intraoral, extraoral, and panoramic. Intraoral X-rays are the most common type of digital X-rays. They are used to show cavities, bone loss, abscesses, and infections. Extraoral X-rays, or Panorex X-rays, show the entire mouth, including the teeth, jaws, and sinuses. This type of X-ray is usually taken when a patient needs a full set of teeth.
The last type of digital X-ray, cephalometric X-rays, shows all the necessary structures of the head, including the teeth, jaws, and sinuses. This type of X-ray is usually taken when a patient needs braces, a dental crown, or has an impacted wisdom tooth.
What Should I Expect After Digital X-Rays?
Digital X-rays are an excellent tool for diagnosis and preventive or restorative care. After taking the X-rays, the dentist will discuss your treatment options with you and guide you on the best steps to take for your oral health.
Schedule an appointment today at J. Russell Danner, DDS in Oklahoma City by calling 405-749-1676.