Digital technology is improving so many facets of our current lives that it is not surprising dentistry is one of them. We use digital technology for 2 reasons. (1) It is safer for our patients, and (2) It helps use communicate with our patients.
Digital X-rays differ from traditional X-rays most notably in that they reduce the amount of radiographic exposure to patients. Images are processed by a computer rather than a traditional film developer. After a digital X-ray is taken, it can be viewed instantly on a computer screen. These images can be viewed in ways never possible and also stored conveniently on a computer file. Pictures can be enlarged, enhanced, and measured with appropriate computer software. What this means for patients is that doctors can now utilize the digital technology to better diagnose and treat dental problems.
With digital cameras and X-rays, pictures can be taken and viewed in seconds so that education and communication with patients is now easier than ever. Patients can now understand what is going on in their mouths and can make better decisions on how to maintain their oral health.