What are digital X-rays?

Digital X-rays are a safer, easier, and more useful alternative to traditional dental X-rays. The dental assistant or hygienist will insert a sensor into your mouth that takes the X-rays and transmits them to a screen for viewing and manipulation. Here are some of the main advantages:

Less Radiation: Although traditional dental X-rays are considered safe, digital X-rays are even safer. They use up to 90 percent less radiation than film, making them a better choice for those who have radiation exposure concerns.

Instant Development: Traditional dental X-rays must be developed, which can extend the length of your appointment. Digital X-rays develop immediately, allowing your dentist to get on with the business of treatment.

Better Image Quality: While traditional film X-rays are always a pre-set size, digital X-rays can be easily manipulated for better quality. Enlargement, zooming in, and adjusting the brightness, contrast, and color settings can give your dentist a more complete picture of your teeth.

Ease of Transfer: There is no longer any need to copy and mail files to other dentists. Whether you want a second opinion or need a consultation with a specialist, your digital X-rays can be emailed with a few clicks, or even transferred automatically via electronic patient charting.

Ease of Storage: With digital X-rays, dentists no longer need to pile up endless stacks of patients’ dental films. They can be printed if needed, one copy at a time, and saved solely in digital space. Without the need for a darkroom, dentists can also design their office space more efficiently. In addition, no harsh developing chemicals are needed. It’s a win-win for the patient, the dentist, and the environment!

Conveniently located in Woodbury, MN, Creekview Dental provides a progressive yet conservative approach to dental care. Our innovative, highly personalized procedures are focused on maintaining tooth structure and providing you with the healthy, beautiful smile you deserve. Call us today at 651-738-8204 to take the first steps on the road to better dental health.