Digital X-Ray
Also referred to as digital radiography. Digital x-ray technology uses a small electronic sensor placed in the mouth to capture an image, which can be called up instantly on a computer screen. When digital x-rays first became available over 30 years ago, they immediately offered a host of advantages over traditional x-ray films, which require chemical processing. Most importantly, they cut the amount of radiation exposure to the dental patient by as much as 90%. While faster x-ray films have been developed over the years that require less exposure, making that difference less dramatic, a digital x-ray still offers the lowest radiation dose possible.
Advantages of Digital X-Rays
Besides minimizing radiation exposure, digital x-rays offer numerous advantages to dentists and patients alike. These include:
  • Up to 90% less radiation exposure as compared to the traditional x-rays
  • Find cavities
  • Easy to share and store images
  • No chemical process (which is environmentally friendly) and the ability to see images instantly
  • Check the health of the tooth, root, bony, and developing area around the tooth
  • Determine if periodontal disease is an oral care issue
  • Clear pictures and the ability to zoom in, colorize, and measure a particular area(s)
  • Monitor good tooth health progress through prevention

Digital X-Ray Sensor