Digital vs Traditional Radiography
Between conventional and digital dental x-rays, the similarity would be the film used. Traditional dental X-rays use film plates on which the image is reflected; digital uses a sensor, like a film plate, but is electronic and hooks up to a computer where the image is projected on a screen for viewing. The similarity ends there. The properties of digital radiography are weighty enough to overshadow traditional film X-ray features.
Digital X-rays use up to 90 percent less radiation than film X-rays. This makes digital radiography a safer, excellent option for those who take X-rays on a regular basis or for those who are concerned about radiation. Digital X-rays also produce higher quality images of mouth structures, especially tooth surfaces. Brightness and contrast are adjustable, enabling to visualize even small cavities. On the other hand, the standard size of film X-rays can make viewing and study sometimes difficult and may necessitate re-exposure to X-rays to ascertain accuracy of the image produced.
Through the power of the web, digital dental images can be copied, downloaded, printed, and emailed to colleagues, patients, and others, making it easier to transfer data for review, second opinion, and other requests. It eliminates the time and expense to copy files and mail them.
Finally, digital radiography is environmentally friendly for no chemicals are used to develop film, no darkroom, no storage room needed. Definitely it lowers cost and translates to savings. Digital radiography conforms to the ALARA principle: As Low As Reasonably Achievable. This is a radiation safety principle for minimizing radiation exposure to both patient and operator by employing all reasonable means possible.
Low Radiation Concerns with Digital X-Rays
Dental X-rays are an important part of your regular dental visits, helping pinpoint and diagnose dental issues. If you’re concerned about radiation, talk to your West Seattle dentist about digital X-rays. Find out more how we at First Impressions Dental practice safe dentistry.