Digital x-rays are one of the most important preventive procedures we have. They give us the information we need to track development, determine the severity of dental concerns, and identify developing problems at their earliest stages. The earlier we know about a problem (and the more information we have), the easier we can treat it.
Digital x-rays have several advantages over older, film x-rays. They use about 80 to 90 percent less radiation, making them incredibly safe. They also develop almost instantly and are viewed on a computer monitor. This allows us to zoom in or rotate the image and even highlight certain areas so that you can more easily see what we see. This helps to improve our ability to accurately communicate our concerns to you so that you can make informed decisions about your care and treatment. Plus, since digital x-rays don't require chemicals to develop or film to store, they are much better for the environment.