X-rays are a crucial piece of dental diagnostics. We use x-rays to see below the surface of your teeth and gums. This allows us to see the extent of a problem – or even find one in the earliest stages so that we can treat it promptly and comfortably using conservative, less invasive techniques.
Digital x-rays differ from traditional film x-rays in quite a few ways, which all benefit you!
- While film-based dental x-rays already used a low dose of radiation, digital x-rays use up to 80% less.
- Digital x-rays are ready for viewing almost immediately as there is no need to develop the film.
- Since no chemicals are needed for development, digital x-rays are better for the environment.
- The sensor that goes in your mouth for digital x-rays is smaller and more comfortable than in film x-rays.
- Because the image is viewed on a computer screen, we can expand, zoom in, and highlight areas of the image to discuss any findings and plan treatment with you.
- Your images become a part of your electronic record so that we can pull them up and compare changes or track development.
- We can easily send images electronically to other providers as needed – a huge benefit for our snowbird patients! This allows for easy care coordination with other health care providers or specialists.