X-rays have been used by dentists for several decades. This invaluable tool lets dentists see what is happening inside a tooth and under the surface of the gums which would allow your dentist to prescribe necessary treatments of the unseen issues. Traditional x-rays were often bulky, expensive and sometimes dangerous, but luckily technological advancements have given us digital x-rays.
First and foremost, digital x-rays can reduce a patient’s radiation exposure by 90 %! While the levels for traditional x-rays were not a huge concern, a reduction in the radiation levels is a welcomed change. Another huge difference between the two styles is the development of the images. Chemicals and special x-ray film were used previously, which was expensive and dangerous. Digital x-rays do not require chemicals and can be viewed much faster than traditional x-rays.
The storage of traditional x-rays was also tricky since it could take up a considerable amount of valuable space in an office. The traditional film would also start to decompose after a while, so the images could not be saved forever. With digital x-rays, they are kept safely in electronic form so they can be pulled up and viewed at any moment. Giving dentists the ability to look at years and years’ worth of x-rays can greatly help them to diagnose issues based on subtle changes. This particularly helpful in identifying orthodontic issues and taking small steps to prevent larger issues later on.
In addition to the expense of the old chemicals used, they were not the best for the environment. Digital x-rays allow us to be greener in our everyday practice. Not needing chemicals and not needing radiology film is a great way to help the planet each and every day.