Compared to traditional X-rays, digital X-rays are safer, more accurate, faster, and more environmentally sound.
Digital X-rays are safer in that they may reduce radiation exposure by as much as 85 percent. People who are worried about radiation exposure when undergoing a dental X-ray are now able to have the diagnostic benefit of an X-ray with less risk of radiation exposure.
While traditional X-rays take about eight to 10 minutes to process, results from digital X-rays are available in seconds. The digital sensor is placed next to your teeth, and the image appears on the computer screen, viewable by you and your dentist. In addition, it is possible for a digital X-ray to be e-mailed to a specialist for consultation. Thus, the use of digital X-rays may shorten time usually spent on waiting, diagnosis, or consultation.
Digital X-rays may result in more accurate evaluation and diagnosis of dental problems. Images can be enlarged and enhanced, such that any abnormalities are more easily seen by your dentist and yourself during discussion of results.
Because digital X-rays require no chemicals, this makes it easier on the environment. In contrast, the film development process used in traditional X-rays requires the use and disposal of toxic chemicals.