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Advantages of digital x rays


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Now a different technology called digital radiology or digital x-rays, is increasing in popularity amongst dentists. Not just have digital x-rays overcome the majority of the drawbacks of traditional x-rays, they have also turn into valuable diagnostic tool for dentists to assist maintain their patient's dental health.

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Advantages of digital x rays

  1. 1. Advantages of Digital X-RaysMost people that have regularly gone to a dentist have at some point had x-rays made of their teeth.For many yearsdentists made use of the same radiography ( x-ray) technology used in the medical profession. While this technology hasproven effective over the years, it possesses several significant drawbacks. Now a new technology.known as digitalradiology or digital x-rays, is growing in popularity amongst dentists. Not only have digital x-rays overcome many of thedrawbacks of traditional x-rays, they have also become a valuable diagnostic tool for dentists to help maintain theirpatient’s oral health.Traditional RadiographyRadiography is the use of electromagnetic radiation (x-rays) which passthrough non-uniformly composed material suchas the human body and expose x-ray sensitive film. The x-rays travel through these materials and expose the x-raysensitive film at different rates and in different concentrations due to differences in density and composition of bone, fatand muscle. This film can then be developed to reveal an image, which dentists and doctors can use to diagnose apatient.Although x-rays are an invaluable diagnostic tool for doctors and dentists, they have several drawbacks. Becausetraditional radiographyuses electromagnetic radiation to penetrate body tissue they expose patients to ionizingradiation. This ionizing radiationcan damage DNA.Although the body’s cells repair most of the damage, they don’t
  2. 2. always repair the damage correctly, leading to imperfections in sections of DNA. The result is DNA mutations that maycontribute to cancer years down the road.In addition, once the x-ray film has been exposed it must be developed muchlike regular camera film. Not only does developing the x-ray film take a fair amount of time it also requires the use ofdangerous and toxic chemicals which are bad for people and the environment.Digital RadiographyDigital radiography uses a digital image capture device instead of traditional photographic x-ray film. This allows the x-ray image to be available immediately,saving considerable time and eliminating the need of hazardous film processingchemicals. In addition, these digital images can be transferred or enhanced, unlike traditional film radiography images,therefore reducing the need for repeat images to be taken due to under or over exposure.One of the most significant advantages of digital radiography, however, is that only it requires a fraction of theelectromagnetic radiation that traditional radiography does, greatly reducing the risk of DNA mutation and cancer. Thisis especially important in dental applications because it significantly reduces radiation exposure to a person’s head,which can be more susceptible to cancers resulting from radiation exposure.The team at Rocky Mountain Dental Partners believes a great smile is priceless and everyone deserves the look and feelthat great smile can bring. For more information on Rocky Mountain Dental Partners, please call 720-238-2977 or visit