3 Reasons Digital X-Rays are Superior to Traditional X-Rays

Posted by: Spectrum Dental, on August 1, 2013

X-rays have multiple perceptions by the American public – often based on use – but what manypeople don’t know is that x-rays are not a one size fits all term. For instance, the x-rays at airports are different from medical x-rays, which are different from dental x-rays. This confusion often leads to lots of questions about dental x-rays.

What Are Traditional X-Rays?

Traditional x-rays are a type of radiograph that look beyond the surface of teeth and gums to get a better view than possible by the naked eye. Traditional x-rays are considered safe, but expose patients to more radiation than more contemporary methods of imaging. Relying on film processed through the addition of chemicals, traditional x-rays are subject to human error and the film could easily be under of overexposed.

The Digital X-Ray Difference

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.

2. Comfort
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.

3. Quality
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. Digital x-rays often provide for easier referrals and insurance claims as well.

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