Dental technology has come a long way and so has the technique of dental radiography. Taking X-rays is a crucial aspect of dentistry and diagnosing dental treatment. Digital X-rays are some of the newest technologies allowing for better and more accurate treatment diagnoses.
Digital x-rays are more accurate, allowing for fewer exposures. Digital X-rays mean less time for you, as a patient, in the dental chair and less exposure to radiographic imaging. This type of x-ray is known to emit less radiation than 15 minutes in the sun. This is truly an instance where technology has made life better.
The use of X-rays in dentistry is considered a necessary component of a thorough dental examination. Many diseases of the mouth cannot be seen with the naked eye. If X-rays are not used, small cavities between the teeth, abscesses/infection, cysts, tumors and other diseases may be impossible to detect until obvious signs and symptoms have developed and the progression of oral disease is severe and past the point of fixing.
Finding and treating dental problems at an early stage can save time, cost and discomfort. If you have a hidden tumor, early diagnostic X-rays may even help save your child’s life.