X-rays during a visit to the dentist are taken to look for cavities and other problems in between your teeth. While this service is necessary, its not very exciting not to mention that the quality of these scans leave much to be desired by your dentist.
What we have are digital radiographs! This is just like a digital camera. The ‘film’ is now called a ‘sensor’ and is attached to a computer with a thin USB cable. When the x-ray is taken, the x-ray appears instantly on the monitor, in full size so this allows us to view the small details of the teeth without strain. This allows our staff to detect tartar and small cavities that would be hard to detect on traditional size films.
Because the ‘sensors’ are so sensitive, it takes 50-90% less radiation when using digital radiographs. Taking x-rays digitally don’t necessarily make the process enjoyable but it does allow our staff to more effectively diagnose any potential problems before they become troublesome.