Digital dental x-rays can improve the quality of your dental care, and you can get one done at Mountain View Dental. Here’s what you need to know about them:
How Do They Work?
In order to understand how they work, you first need to understand how x-ray machines in general work. X-rays are a form of electromagnetic radiation, and unlike visible light, this radiation is able to pass through soft tissue. Bones reflect more of the radiation, and this makes them visible to your dentist.
While traditional x-rays use film to capture the image, digital dental x rays use a sensor that’s hooked up to a computer. A thin wire is used to connect the sensor to the computer.
What Makes Them Better Than Conventional Dental X-Rays?
You’re Less Likely To Experience Side Effects
You are exposed to radiation when you get an x-ray, and this can be harmful in rare cases. In fact, frequent exposure to x-rays can lead to cancer, and there is even a small risk of short-term side effects. However, digital x-rays produce a far smaller amount of radiation than conventional x-rays. As a result, digital x-rays are safer, and they are designed to expose the body to only 10 percent of the radiation that typical x-rays do.
You’ll Find Them More Comfortable
Traditional x-rays can be quite uncomfortable, and this is especially true with certain machines. It’s necessary to bite down on papers, and this can cut the inside of the mouth. Also, this can result in jaw cramps and difficulty biting down on the piece of paper. Not only that, but you’ll also have to put on a lead bib.
However, you won’t have any of these problems with a digital dental x-ray! That’s because you don’t have to bite down on paper at all, and instead, you bite down on a sensor placed in the front of the mouth.
You’re Likely To Have Better Results
You’ll have the result of your digital dental x-ray in three seconds or so, and the image is often of better quality. Furthermore, it is easier for your dentist to manipulate the images, and this can allow them to get a much better view of your teeth.
They’re Beneficial For The Environment
Traditional x-rays require chemicals that can cause environmental damage, but these chemicals are not used to produce digital dental x-rays. Also, there is no need to dispose of film paper.
Call Mountain View Dental Today For Your Digital Dental X-Ray
Not only is it easy to get in touch with us to make an appointment or ask questions, but our office is exceptionally comfortable and our staff consists of highly competent professionals. Visit our contact page on our website or call 385-324-3557 for an appointment!