Technology In Dentistry


What is an x-ray?

An X-ray is a quick, painless technique that produces images of the structures inside your body — particularly your bones. In this case, the oral cavity.

X-ray beams can pass through your body, but they are consumed in different amounts depending on the density of the material they pass through. Dense materials, such as bone and metal, display as white on X-rays.

Why are digital x-rays prefered?

There are many reason why dentists and patients have chosen to use the digital advancement in x-rays.

Digital x-rays are:

  • less time consuming
  • less radiation
  • ability to edit, enhance, and later
  • ability to be stored electronically
  • ability to be sent via e-mail
  • faster
  • convenient

Digital Dental Xrays Delray Beach Dental x rays
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The film technique of x-rays is still used by many dentists. The main reason they do not substitute the old machine with modern technology is because of the cost. The digital x-ray machine, censor, and software is all really expensive and is the primary reason why film is still being used. Although film is still used to diagnose and treat medical and dental conditions, it has many disadvantages to the patient and the business.


  • A lot of radiation exposure
  • processing and developing is time consuming
  • cannot be viewed instantly
  • cannot be retaken immediately
  • cannot be electronically sent
  • can only be mailed
  • cannot be printed for duplication
  • cannot be enlarged, enhanced, or altered
  • cannot zoom in