Digital Vs Traditional X-rays
At Cooley Smiles, we use cutting-edge technology and state-of-the-art techniques to perform safe, effective dental procedures. Part of performing a safe and effective dental procedure is properly diagnosing the problem. One of the most important diagnostic tools for any dentist to use is a dental x-ray. These days, we use digital x-rays because of their many benefits.
Why We Use X-rays
Aaron Cooley, DDS or Brandon Cooley, DDS may recommend an intraoral x-ray for a variety of reasons. They give us a detailed look at the inner workings of your mouth. Intraoral x-rays are an extremely effective diagnostic tooth that allows us to:
Types of Intraoral X-rays
There are several types of intraoral x-rays. Each one shows a different aspect of your teeth. The various x-rays include:
We may also recommend an extraoral x-ray. Extraoral x-rays are made with the radiograph film outside of the mouth. They show the teeth, but also provide a look at the skull and jaw. Extraoral x-rays can be used to look at the status of impacted teeth, examine the relationship between your teeth and jaw, and keep track of development.
Benefits of Digital X-rays
Digital x-rays are a relatively new piece of technology. However, the benefits of digital x-rays have proven to be far superior to that of traditional x-rays. For instance, digital x-rays use 70% less radiation than traditional ones. They are also time-effective and are easier to produce. If an x-ray does not come out properly, digital technology allows us to take a new one right away. With traditional x-rays, the film must first be developed before we can discover an error. Digital x-rays are also environmentally-friendly. The images can be stored on our computers and are easy to transfer to a specialist if necessary. Digital x-rays are also better for diagnosing minor issues. The images can be manipulated and enhanced to find instances of decay that may be hard to see with a traditional x-ray.
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If you would like to maintain excellent oral health, call (425) 249-3509, and schedule your appointment today.