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Dr. Na Xu
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How Do Digital X-Rays Benefit the Patient?

Posted on 2/15/2016 by Na Xu
A dentist showing a digital x-ray to his patient.In recent years, most dental practices have moved away from traditional X-rays in favor of digital options. While it may be easy to see how this can be beneficial to your dentist, do you know how you are benefiting from the change as a patient? There are actually a variety of reasons that you should be thrilled by this change.

Shorter Dental Appointment Times

In the past when you would need X-rays and a digital option wasn't available, you would need to wait for the film to be processed. Then, your dentist would need to reexamine the photos before coming in to talk to you about what he found. With digital X-rays, the process is almost instantaneous. As soon as your hygienist takes the X-ray, the images will pop up on their computer to be viewed, significantly reducing the amount of time you are stuck in the dentist's chair.

Less Radiation
One of the major concerns with traditional dental X-rays was the amount of radiation that patients were being exposed to. While these X-rays were considered to be safe, digital X-rays are an even better option, as they use up to 960% less radiation than the traditional film option.

Better Image Quality
Since the images are displayed on a computer screen, your dentist will be able to manipulate them to get the best view of your mouth. This can include enlarging and magnifying certain areas or adjusting brightness and color. With better image quality also comes more accurate diagnoses.

Digital X-rays don't require any chemicals to process film or photos taking up space in an office or landfills, so they are a much more environmentally-friendly option.

If you have questions about digital X-rays, why they are needed, and how this option can benefit your dental experience, please contact our office and ask at your next appointment.

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