Digital X-Rays

Dental radiographs (X-rays) can provide essential information about oral health. They are an important part of a patient’s dental record. Moon Valley Dentistry uses computers to help capture, store and transmit dental radiographs.

Dental radiographs produced with a special computer create digital images (computerized dental radiographs) that can be displayed and enhanced on the computer monitor.

Creating Digital Radiographs

Digital imaging involves the use of a traditional radiography machine, but instead of using film, we use a small electronic sensor that is placed in the mouth to capture the image. Digital radiographic technology also utilizes significantly less radiation to capture an image than traditional x-rays, thereby providing patients with increased safety.

When the digital radiograph is exposed, the image is transmitted to a computer. Unlike conventional film that may take up to five minutes to process, a digital radiographic image can be viewed almost immediately on the computer screen. The image is displayed in a large format on the screen, in comparison with the small films that are viewed on a light box.

With digital radiographic images, technical errors often can be corrected to provide an optimal radiograph without having to make another exposure. We can use magnification to enhance specific problem areas of a tooth, as well as alter brightness and contrast in the image.

Viewing an enhanced dental radiograph on a computer screen can help a dentist better see a problem area.

Comparing Digital Radiographs

Moon Valley Dentistry can also can print or copy digital radiographs. Because the images are stored on the computer, they can be compared easily with future dental radiographs to see if and how conditions have changed.

Digital radiographs eliminate the need for film and film processing chemicals that generate waste and environmental concerns.