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What are the benefits of digital vs regular dental x-rays?

2 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Wayne Roccia
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 17 years experience
Radiation exposure: Digital radiographs expose the patient to a significantly lesser amount of radiation. Due to the very small amount of exposure with any dental radiograph, damaged to your body from the dental x-ray is extremely rare. Digital radiographs can also be processed faster to facilitate treatment.
Dr. Gregory LaMorte
Periodontics 42 years experience
They are also shown a CRT or flat screen, so it it easy for the dentist to show significant findings to the patient.
May 15, 2013
Dr. James Wright
Dentistry 33 years experience
Safety: Digital radiographs (dental x-rays) expose patients to much less radiation. Some studies say up to 90 % less radiation. Staff members do not have exposure to the caustic chemicals which are present in the older traditional x-rays. Speed is improved from viewing an x-ray in minutes to viewing a digital x-ray in seconds. Digital x-rays have contrast and zoom and are easier to share with patients.

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Where is the need for digital dental x-rays?

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New technology : Digital x-rays use a much lower dose of radiation to acquire higher quality x-rays. This is much better for the patient and the dentist. If you need diagnostic x-rays, this is the way to go.
Dr. Candy Sebold
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I have found that only occasionally a patient, due to the shape of their mouth or bony projections in the mouth, is unable to tolerate the sensor for the digital radiograph. Those sensors which are used instead of film are thicker and more rigid than film. For those patients I go back to the soft film method
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Visualization: Radiographs allow your dentist to see areas of your teeth and bone that are not visible without radiographs.

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