Digital x-rays, also known as digital radiography, are the latest in dental x-ray technology. Digital x-rays capture images digitally, instead of using x-ray film. This technique saves time, as the images are sent directly to our computers, instead of having to be developed. Digital x-rays produce images that have a better resolution than standard dental x-ray machines. Most importantly, digital x-rays emit lower levels of radiation than conventional film-based x-rays.
Digital x-rays can be used to detect abscesses, malignant or benign masses, bone loss, and cavities that are not visible in a visual examination. These x-rays are safe and effective for both adults and children; however, if you are either pregnant or nursing, it is wise to speak with your dental professional before proceeding with any x-rays.