Digital X-Rays

Differences between Digital X-rays & Film X-rays

Dental x-rays are used to find out more about a patient’s oral health. Whether it is to diagnose or prevent an oral issue, dentists utilize x-rays to get a better look into the gums and teeth. Conventional film x-rays use film to produce an image of a patient’s teeth and gums. Film x-rays also require time to develop the images, and they need to be redone if the images don’t turn out clearly.

Digital x-rays are very different and are a modern alternative to film x-rays. These x-rays involve a sensor that quickly sends the images inside the mouth to a nearby computer. Digital x-rays are quick, painless, and extremely efficient.

Benefits of Digital X-Rays

One of the biggest benefits of digital x-rays is that they give off less radiation than film x-rays. Less radiation means a safer x-ray experience for everyone involved. Digital x-rays also benefit the environment as they reduce the number of files. They also don’t use any chemical developers which can be harmful to the environment. Additionally, digital x-rays are quicker and don’t require time to wait for the film to develop as in conventional film x-rays.

Since the images are sent directly to a computer, the quality and size of the image are improved drastically. Computer screens allow zooming in and out, turning up or down the brightness, and many more editing techniques that help dentists detect problems more easily.
The digital images produced by digital x-rays can be shared and stored more efficiently than ever. These images can quickly be sent from one place to another if necessary. The digital filmless x-rays give off less radiation, are easier to store and share, and create higher quality images than conventional film x-rays. Digital x-rays allow faster diagnosis and ultimately lead to better treatment.

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