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Digital X-Rays - Phosphor Plates

 

Digital x-rays address many issues patient have with long waiting times for film development, environmental concerns, and exposure times.

The process of taking digital x-rays is similar to that of taking a traditional x-ray that uses film.  With digital radiography, we insert a phosphor plate to capture images of your teeth.  Phosphor plates are typically much easier than sensor-based systems.  These plates are thinner than film and typical sensors making them more comfortable for the patient.  Once the x-ray is taken, the image is projected onto a screen where the doctor can  view it.

 

Benefits of Digital Radiography

 

The most notable advantage of digital radiography is that it offers much less radiation to the patient.  In fact, digital x-rays use up to 90% less radiation than film x-rays.  While conventional dental x-rays are relatively safe, digital x-rays provide an excellent alternative to those who take x-rays on a regular basis or for those who may be concerned about radiation exposure.

Higher quality images are an additional benefit to digital x-rays.  Once on the screen, the doctor can enlarge the image for a better visual of the tooth structure.  The doctor can also adjust the brightness and contrast of the image, allowing for better visualization of small cavities.  If you would like a hard copy, your digital images can also be printed out or emailed in digital format.

Digital x-rays are also better for the environment.  No chemicals are used in developing digital x-rays.