Over the years, digital technology has greatly improved. Today, it is possible to use x-rays to pinpoint cavities and other oral conditions that cannot be seen by the naked eye. Thanks to digital x-rays, we can view below your gums and assess the condition of your jawbone. If there is a problem with your tooth’s root, or gum disease has harmed your bone, digital x-rays will allow Dr. Hawkins to see and treat these problems.
What are Digital X-Rays?
Traditional x-rays use film that is placed in the mouth and developed in a dark room. Digital x-rays are cutting-edge technology. A dentist places a sensor into a patient’s mouth, and the images are projected on a computer screen. This makes the images extremely clear and simple to read.
What are the Benefits of Digital X-Rays?
There are a number of benefits that both dentists and patients receive from digital x-rays:
- Lower Radiation Levels: For years, people have been concerned with the amount of radiation involved with traditional x-rays. They are worried that exposure to radiation increases the chances of developing cancer. Thanks to digital technology, you are exposed to much lower levels. In many cases, digital x-rays use 90 percent less than their film counterparts. Even though regular x-rays are deemed safe, digital radiology is a better alternative.
- Better Pictures: A small film x-ray can be challenging to view. Since digital x-rays are shown on a computer screen, it is possible to magnify or zoom into areas of concern. Also, it is possible to change the contrast and colors. This provides the best chances of accurately diagnosing problems.
- Shorter Office Visits: Conventional x-rays take time to develop, which elongates your dental appointments. With digital x-rays, the images are available in a much shorter amount of time.
- Easy to Transfer Records: Since digital images are stored on a computer, they are easier to transfer to a dental specialist. This eliminates the possibility of losing images as well.
- Friendly for the Environment: Digital x-rays require no chemicals during the developing process, which is much better for the environment.
Advancing digital technology is helping dentists diagnose problems more quickly and efficiently than ever before. Additional software is available to make things even easier and better for patients. These x-rays play a key role in the prevention and treatment of oral issues. At Hawkins Dentistry, we offer digital x-rays so that we can provide top quality care. To learn more, call our office today!