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Dental X-rays use radiation to capture images of your teeth, mouth, and jaw. A digital X-ray uses digital technology instead of film to capture the images. The process is similar to a traditional one, but it’s done with a sensor rather than a film. The advantages of using digital X-rays are many. They are quicker and easier to process than traditional film X-rays. The images can be processed immediately by a computer, ensuring a faster turnaround time for your results. Plus, there’s no worry of losing the images like you would with film. Your files can be saved to a network or hard drive for safekeeping. No extra steps are needed to digitize your X-rays; the image is already there! One of the most significant benefits of using a digital X-ray is the amount of radiation you’re exposed to during the procedure. Since you aren’t handling film, you’re not putting yourself in harm’s way as much. You are exposed to less radiation than you would be from natural sources in the environment.

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How Does Digital X-Rays Work?

Traditional X-rays use a form of radiation to capture an image of your teeth and oral structures, but the process can be time-consuming. They also expose you to more radiation than necessary. With digital X-rays, your dentist can capture images immediately using a small sensor placed in your mouth. This sensor is attached to a computer screen that allows you to view the images instantly. The images can also be sent electronically to a lab for diagnosis. These images are more precise than traditional X-rays because they use less radiation. Your dentist can review the images with you and discuss any necessary procedures.

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The digital images can also help your dentist identify problem areas in the mouth that wouldn’t be as visible during a traditional X-ray exam. For example, the small sensor that captures these images can help the dentist see cavities between teeth. In addition, your dentist can adjust the images to help highlight specific areas of the mouth.

The Benefits of Digital X-Rays

There are several advantages to using digital technology to take dental X-ray photos. The primary advantage is enhanced image quality due to less radiation. Another benefit is that no films are needed, so patients can immediately see the images taken of their teeth instead of having to wait for the film to develop. Lastly, they have a lower environmental impact due to the reduced use of chemicals, developing solutions, and plastic film. In addition, the images are stored digitally, which allows for more accessibility for dentists and technicians.

Digital X-rays are completely safe for adults and children! For more information about digital X-rays, contact Dr Be Smiles at 4511 N Midkiff Rd, Suite E-15, Midland, TX 79705, or call (432) 520-4867

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4511 N Midkiff Rd, Suite E-15,
Midland, TX 79705

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