Digital Radiology

Taking an x-ray in the past, meant exposure of a film packet, which took between five and 10 minutes to develop. Advancements in technology have brought us to a new and much improved method for taking dental x-rays, it called dental radiography.

Advantages of digital radiography

Compared to traditional x-rays, digital radiography has the following advantages:

  • Its faster
  • View images instantly
  • Up to 90% less radiation
  • Ability to enhance images to improve viewing.
  • Electronically storing images for instant retrieval and ability to easily share information with other doctors as needed.
  • Avoidance of chemicals used in traditional developing of x-rays.

How digital radiography works

A small sensor is connected directly to a computer in place of a film packet. The process of taking x-rays is much faster because the sensor is simply moved from tooth to tooth; we don’t need to remove and develop each film packet. The sensor requires a small amount of radiation in order to develop. In fact, the amount of radiation is reduced by up to 90 percent!

Digital x-rays allows the dentist to make adjustments to the film which is a tremendous aid in diagnosing dental disease. Additionally, since the x-rays are stored on our computers, we can easily access them in the future and for other doctors. Digital radiography is a great advancement in the dental field that speeds up the amount of time you’re in the dental chair and helps us make an accurate and efficient diagnosis of your dental condition.