INSTANT DIGITAL XRAYS
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X-rays tend to get a bad wrap for radiation and health concerns – but when done digitally, there are many benefits. There are many ways in which digital x-rays are superior to traditional x-rays – the following are our top three:
1. Less Radiation
While radiation is inevitable from x-rays, digital x-rays do have far lower levels than those emitted through traditional x-rays. In fact, digital x-rays produce levels of radiation that are 80% lower than traditional x-rays.
Traditional x-rays require a process of lead bibs and biting down on papers that produce great discomfort between jaw cramps, awkward biting, and cutting edges inside the mouth. With digital x-rays, rather than biting paper, you will receive a sensor inside your mouth that is connected to a computer via a thin wire. The sensor receives the images of your teeth and can be moved to various locations within your mouth to capture additional images. This method of capturing x-ray photographs is far less intrusive and much more comfortable for patients.
Beyond the convenience and patient comfort perks, digital x-ray technology displays viewable images in as little as three seconds, saving on time for both the patients and technicians. Additionally, because the images are digital, they are easier to resize into larger or smaller images, depending on the need – all without distorting the graphic or losing important details that the original images hold. For patients, this means easier to understand images that make finding a decay spot or abnormality more easily visible.
There are many additional benefits to using digital x-rays for dental technology over traditional technology. Using digital imaging is considered more environmentally friendly, as it alleviates the need for chemicals and film paper to be disposed.