Digital dental x-rays are digital images taken of the teeth and jaw that provide a much clearer picture of your mouth than their film predecessors, giving your dentist a greater ability to assess any tooth and/or bone problems. Digital x-rays of the mouth have come to replace older film x-rays in modern dentist offices. These cutting-edge dental x-rays put out 80% less radiation than older x-ray machines and are safe for pregnant patients. You can enjoy this cutting-edge dental technology when you schedule an appointment with Dr. Vong as our office is committed to offering the latest technologies to our patients.
The Digital X-Ray Process
Any time you go in for a routine dental exam, your dentist should take digital x-rays of your teeth. If your teeth have never been x-rayed before, your dentist may take up to eighteen images. It is much more common, however, to have two to four images taken every six to eighteen months.
The process for obtaining digital x-rays of your mouth is quite simple. Your dentist or one of their assistants will place a small bite-positioning tool in your mouth and then carefully position your head in front of the x-ray machine. Each x-ray takes only the time it takes to push a button. Unlike film x-rays, your images will be ready in a matter of seconds without any need for chemical film development.
Benefits of Digital X-Ray
Digital x-rays can be used to pinpoint any foreign bodies in the teeth, to assess bone loss from periodontal gum disease or osteoporosis, and to locate any tartar buildup.
The greatly decreased level of radiation put out by digital x-rays verse older film x-rays makes them a much safer option for patients – safe enough for pregnant women. An added benefit for busy individuals is that the speed with which digital x-rays can be viewed helps shorten the length of your appointment so you can carry on with your day. Digital x-rays will also save you time if you ever switch dentists or are referred to a specialist, as digital images of your teeth are much more easily stored and shared.