Digital radiography, or digital x-ray, is one of the more advanced technologies that we use to see what’s going on inside your mouth. Instead of x-ray film, a digital x-ray uses an electronic sensor (that captures and stores the digital image on a computer. This image can be instantly viewed and enlarged, helping Dr. Garland detect problems easier. Digital x-rays reduce radiation by 80-90 percent compared to the already low exposure of traditional dental x-rays.
Dr. Garland uses this information to safely and accurately detect any hidden dental problems or abnormalities, and complete an accurate treatment plan. With digital x-rays, problem areas that may have gone undetected can be easily seen.
Detecting and treating dental problems at an early stage through digital x-rays not only can save your teeth, but may save you time, money, and unnecessary discomfort. Issues digital x-rays can detect include:
We are all exposed to natural radiation in our environment. But digital x-rays produce a significantly lower level of radiation compared to traditional dental x-rays. Not only are digital x-rays better for the health and safety of the patient, they are faster and more comfortable to take, which reduces your time in the dental office. Also, since the digital image is captured electronically, there is no need to develop the x-rays, thus eliminating the disposal of harmful waste and chemicals into the environment.
The number of digital x-rays a patient needs depends on his/her individual needs. For example, in diagnosing whether a patient needs root canal therapy, we typically take two initial x-rays. We may also take additional x-rays during treatment to monitor progress, and then we take two final x-rays to verify that the roots have been completely filled.