Digital radiography is the latest and greatest in dental x-ray technology. Instead of traditional x-ray film, digital radiographs use electronic sensors to captures digital images and store them electronically. These images can be instantly viewed and enlarged to help the team at Postle Dental Group accurately diagnose any dental health conditions.
Benefits of Digital Radiographs
Digital radiography effectively minimizes the radiation a patient is exposed to by 80 to 90 percent compared to traditional dental x-rays. They are an important diagnostic tool when it comes to preventative dentistry. This technology provides us with essential information about our patient’s dental health that cannot be obtained through a regular, visual check-up. With this information, we are able to find hidden irregularities in your mouth and catch dental issues in their early stages.
Digital radiographs are safer than traditional x-rays, as they minimize your risk of exposure to radiation. The use of digital radiographs demonstrates our commitment to preserving our patients’ health and safety. They are faster and more comfortable than traditional x-rays and deliver instant results. This means you no longer have to wait for your x-rays to develop.
Frequency of Digital Radiographs
How often you will need digital radiographs depends on your dental health. In general, bite-wing x-rays, also known as cavity-detecting x-rays, are recommended once a year to detect any hidden dental health conditions in their early stages. Whether or not you need this imaging done more often will depend on your oral health, medical and dental history, age, and risk of developing cavities or periodontal disease. A panoramic x-ray is typically recommended every 3-5 years.
We are committed to doing what is best for our patients, which is why we utilize digital radiography. Digital radiographs are the quickest, safest, and most efficient way for us to analyze your oral health needs. If you are interested in learning more about this technology or think that you are overdue for dental x-rays, contact us today to make an appointment!