Digital x-rays are becoming the standard of care in dentistry. When compared to dental film x-rays, digital radiology is equivalent (and in some instances better) than conventional dental film. It also saves patients time. Because some of the software is able to digitally enhance the image we believe is even better than traditional dental x-ray film. Digital radiology most significant advantage is seen in endodontic (root canals) where the dental file and the apex of the tooth need to be visualized in great detail.
Digital x-rays reduces radiation exposure to the patient and dental staff
Digital dental radiography can produce a high quality dental image with 60%-80% less exposure than traditional film dental x-rays. While traditional film x-rays have a very low exposure level … this takes radiation exposure to a new level (very low).
Digital x-rays are friendly to the environment
Traditional dental x-rays use chemicals to develop and fix the image on to the film. These chemicals are not friendly to the environment. In addition, traditional film x-rays use silver halide to develop the image and a silver mixture in not released into the environment. Everyone benefits from this new technology.