Our office utilizes direct digital radiography, and since implementing this technology, we have found that patients have a much better understanding and appreciation of the important, diagnostic data that can be obtained through radiographs (x-rays).
The process involves placing a small sensor in your mouth. The sensor is connected to a computer by a thin wire. Next, an x-ray beam is sent through your teeth and into the sensor, which records the image of your teeth and sends it immediately to the computer screen. The sensor can then be repositioned to radiograph other sections of your teeth, so that the sensor doesn't have to be taken in and out of your mouth for each exposure.
The digital dental x-ray system is more sensitive than dental X-ray film systems, so your exposure to radiation is reduced by as much as 70-90 percent. The large and color-enhanced images let you see what we see, so it's easier for you to understand the findings from the data. Also, we no longer have to use photo chemicals, film, processing or film storage, so the used photo chemicals and film are not polluting the environment.
With digital radiography, your checkups take less time, and it's fun to watch the system at work. Most patients are amazed!