Dental X-rays are important for many reasons. They can expose hidden dental decay, reveal a dental abscess, cyst or tumor; show impacted or extra teeth, and also help determine the condition of fillings, crowns, bridges and root canals. Dental X-ray can also reveal bone loss from periodontal (gum) disease, locate tartar buildup, find foreign bodies within the gum or bone, and see if there is enough bone for the placement of dental implants.
One of our new dental technologies is digital X-rays, also called digital radiography. It is a form of teeth x-ray imaging, where digital X-ray sensors are used instead of traditional photographic film.
Advantages of digital X-rays include time efficiency by bypassing chemical processing and the ability to digitally transfer and enhance images. Another advantage is that this process eliminates the need for patients to bite down on sharp swatches of the film and wait while the shots develop.
With the digital method, our technician glides a small sensor inside a patient’s mouth, and the images instantly pop up on a computer screen in the exam room. The digital images, which look similar to traditional X-rays, can then be enlarged and manipulated.