One of the most exciting technological advances in dentistry is digital x-rays.  The process of taking digital x-rays is very similar to conventional film x-rays, utilizing a special digital computer sensor to capture the image and store it on a computer.  Using the sensor enables the images of the patient's teeth to appear on the screen in seconds.  There are several additional benefits of digital radiography versus traditional film radiography.  We all know that any exposure to radiation is a huge concern for all of us.  You will be pleased to know that digital x-rays use up to eighty percent less radiation than standard film.  They also produce higher resolution images that can be modified if need be to enhance the quality of an image and make a more precise and accurate diagnosis.  Because the need for developing film and taking x-ray holders in and out of the mouth with every picture is gone, the processing time is much shorter enabling us to shorten the duration of your appointment.  If there ever comes a time that the patient's records need to be transferred, it simply takes a quick email and the office has the images they need to perform the care the patient needs.  Digital x-rays are also helping combat environmental stress by eliminating the need for harsh developing chemicals.  You will be pleasantly surprised at the difference going digital makes at your appointment.  

Even though no x-ray can be considered routine, many people require x-rays on a regular basis so that their dental condition can be monitored.  Exactly how often this happens will depend on your medical and dental history and current condition.  Some people may benefit from an x-ray exam as often as every six months.  For others, x-rays may not be needed for as long as two years.  Every patient's needs are individual and should be treated that way.