X-rays have been an essential part of dentistry for decades. Taking images allows the dentist to accurately diagnose and treat problems. Without which, it would be impossible to see inside and between the teeth, both of which are not visible during routine dental exams.
This classic dental radiology involves an X-ray machine which produces the X-rays and an image receptor called the X-ray film where the internal picture of the jaw is imprinted. The film is placed in the mouth just behind the affected tooth or bone. The machine consists of the X-ray tube, which is made of Anode (the power supplier) and Cathode (the timer). The camera radiates an invisible beam on the film where the particles mix with the molecules which produces a chemical change and creates an image for the dentist.
However, developing the images requires the use of chemicals which can be harmful to the environment and hard to dispose of.
This method resembles the x-ray film used for traditional X-rays but the digital sensor is electronic and connected to a computer. Once the X-ray is taken, the dental image is projected directly on the computer screen of the dentist, which helps in giving them a comprehensive and accurate diagnosis. Therefore, the radiation required for the digital method is quite less than the traditional X-rays, making it a more safe and efficient method for detecting the gum and jaw defects.
Digital X-Rays are not only faster and more efficient, but also healthy for the environment. The use of waste like covers and lead packets on each X-ray and the harmful chemicals needed to process the conventional films can be eliminated.
Digital X-ray imaging has both advantages and disadvantages.
The three types-
There are some diseases which cannot be detected without the help of X-rays. Decay, tumors, bone loss, and abscess are some of the things that can be found out and treated early due to Digital X-rays.
These are useful for as simple as Teeth Whitening procedures where an overview is provided before exhibiting the process. Nearly all dental practices today rely on digital imaging to take their patients’ x-rays.