The first dental X-ray was developed right before the turn of the 20th century. Despite being one of the oldest medical imaging tools, doctors constantly turn to X-rays for medical and dental diagnoses.
Today, patients benefit from ongoing advancement of medical imaging technology, including digital X-rays. These modernized X-rays are more convenient, affordable and emit smaller amounts of radiation.
Ultra-low radiation levels
A number of medical studies conclude that digital X-rays emit 80% less radiation when compared to the older, gray-scale imaging technology. Traditional X-rays do not pose a serious health threat for two main reasons: They produce minimal amounts of radiation and patients will only visit the dentist every six to 12 months. Nevertheless, the amount of radiation produced through digital X-rays is far less.
X-ray films increase costs
The need for development is an added cost to traditional dental imaging. Quite frankly, film for X-rays is costly. Digital X-rays, on the other hand, instantaneously produce a computer-generated image of the mouth without further processing.
Digital X-rays easier to work with
Digital X-rays, like files on your laptop computer, are also easy to store and transfer for greater accessibility. Traditional X-rays are a different story. Dental offices must store film and maintain mass records in hard copy format. Over time, the image quality of traditional X-rays can fade, whereas digital X-rays can be resized without any concerns of image distortion.
Given its accuracy and clarity, high-quality digital imaging enhances the diagnosis process. Dental professionals have the advantage of greater image precision when locating problem areas inside the mouth.
In addition, digital X-rays help protect the planet. The process does not involve any film paper or chemicals. Improper disposal of these materials can endanger the environment.