X-ray technology is very crucial in the practice of dentistry, so much so that it might be impossible to practice without such technology. X-ray images reveal early stages of tooth decay, and even gum diseases that are not yet visible to the naked eyes. These images help the dentist in diagnosing and treating such problems.
Since its discovery about a century ago, x-rays have helped prevent and treat teeth problems in a countless number of people. With the emergence of digital x-rays, the benefits of x-rays will only continue to increase.
Digital x-ray technology captures images inside the mouth by using a small electronic sensor, allowing photos to be instantly viewed on a computer screen. When digital x-ray emerged, they had several advantages over the traditional x-ray films; one of which is that it doesn’t require chemical processing to produce images.
Also, with digital x-ray, exposure to radiation is reduced by almost 90%. Although over the years faster x-ray films have been developed, and digital x-ray still has the lowest radiation dose.
Advantages of Digital X-Rays
Aside from a dramatic decrease in radiation exposure, there are a variety of advantages to digital x-rays. The following are a list of some of its other benefits:
- Doesn’t Require Chemical Processing: digital x-ray does not work with films, so there is no working with chemicals to process images.
- A Clearer Picture: images reviewed through a digital x-ray are more explicit, more detailed, and can be enhanced.
- Easy Sharing and Storage: digital images are improbable to be misplaced, as they can be stored in the digital cloud. The images can also be shared to different locations with just the click of a button.
X-Rays and Your Safety
X-rays are an energy spectrum with the ability to penetrate the tissues of our body and create an image on a film. Anytime we are exposed to x-rays, there is always a chance that the radiation could alter something at the cellular level. The more frequent our exposure to these radiations is, the higher the chances of it causing changes in our body.
Although digital x-ray offers the least exposure to radiation, it does not eliminate the health risk of radiations. For this reason, a dentist will only opt for an x-ray if the benefits outweigh its potential danger. Each case is unique, and in all, the safety of the patient comes first.