Digital X-rays are an essential part of any dental treatment plan and are an invaluable instrument to any dental surgeon in treating oral conditions. While many of the people consider a digital X-ray as a diagnostic tool for problems already occurring, they can also be used as preventive tools by helping the dentist address potential oral hazards before they mature into major problems.
Digital X-rays, also referred to as radiographs, allow the dentists to examine all aspect of your teeth, gums and jaws bone during a typical check-up. The X-rays give the dentist the ability to see inside and between your teeth, which cannot easily seen by the naked eye. The radiographs can be used to check some of the common dental issues such as tooth cavities, tooth decay, periodontal infections and can even reveal and assess the level of tooth decay. Most importantly, the digital X-rays can also reveal some of the complex dental issues such as the formation of the oral cysts, abscesses tumors, developmental abnormalities and infection of the tooth nerves.
Advantage over the conventional film
One of the key benefits of the digital X-ray over the conventional film based, is the ability to produce the dental image seconds after taking the X-ray. This allows a faster diagnosis and treatment of the dental issue. The digitalization of X-rays has also enabled image manipulation in dental software by using contrast techniques to help in the convenient diagnosis of dental problems.
Also, while many people have concerns with the X-rays, the digital X-rays have limited the amount of radiation exposure, and are much safer compared to the traditional.