Taking an x-ray of a patient’s teeth in the past meant taking a lot of time developing a film packet. Each time a new picture was taken, a new film packet was needed. Each film packet took between five and ten minutes to develop, making the overall x-ray process long and drawn out.
Advancements in technology have brought us to a new and much more improved method for taking dental x-rays. Known as digital radiology, this method is what we use at Seasons Dental. It has a lot of advantages that the old method for taking x-rays lacked.
Advantages of digital radiography
Compared to traditional x-rays, digital radiography has the following advantages:
- Taking x-rays has never been faster
- Images can be viewed 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 development 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. The sensor is simply moved from tooth to tooth—we don’t need to remove and develop each film packet! The sensor requires only 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 allow 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 make them easily available 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. It helps us make an accurate and efficient diagnosis of your dental condition.
Call our office today with any questions about digital radiography or to set up an appointment!