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?
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
OLD SCHOOL X-RAYS
- 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