Published on June 6th, 2016
Our office uses a newer dental X-ray technique called digital imaging. Instead of developing X-ray film in a dark room, the X-rays are sent directly to a computer and can be viewed on screen, stored, or printed out. There are several benefits of using this new technology:
- The technique uses less radiation than the typical X-ray and there is no wait time for the X-rays to develop – the images are available on screen a few seconds after being taken.
- The image taken, of a tooth for example, can be enhanced and enlarged many times its actual size on the computer screen, making it easier for your dentist to show you where and what the problem is.
- If necessary, images can be electronically sent to another dentist or specialist – for instance, for a second opinion on a dental problem – to determine if a specialist is needed, or to a new dentist (if you move).