Dental X-rays are a vital part of your regular dental exams. With X-rays, your dentist can diagnose a variety of issues before they become serious. For example, an X-ray can find a cavity while it is still very small so that it can be treated before major damage occurs to the tooth. Digital X-rays allow even more versatility for diagnosis and treatment. [pullquote]Digital X-rays still use radiation to create an image, just like regular X-rays, but require less exposure to the radiation.[/pullquote]
How Digital X-Rays Work
Traditional X-rays use special photographic film that responds to the X-rays to create an image of your teeth. The pictures also show the roots and bones that support the teeth, allowing your dentist to find any problems with these structures.
Digital X-rays are directed onto a sensor that translates the resulting pictures into a digital image. This image is then stored on a computer for easy reference and storage.
Digital X-rays still use radiation to create an image, just like regular X-rays, but require less exposure to the radiation.
Advantages to Digital X-Rays
Using digital X-rays offers several advantages for both the patient and the dentist. For the patient, radiation exposure is reduced. Even traditional X-rays require only a very low dose of radiation, but for those who are concerned about radiation exposure, digital methods can help reduce these concerns.
Because digital X-rays are converted into easily accessible digital images, they reduce the amount of space needed for storage. With the appropriate software, a series of images can be compared to evaluate changes in your mouth and teeth over time. This can benefit early diagnosis and help monitor the movement of your teeth over time. Your records can also be easily transferred electronically if needed.
Our dental office uses digital X-rays to provide the best possible care for you and your teeth.
For more information on how digital X-rays can benefit your oral health, call the Toronto office of Dr. Kemp at 416-922-1012 today to schedule an appointment.