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Advantages of Digital Dental X-Rays in McDonald Family Dentistry

What Are the Advantages of Digital Dental X-Rays?

December 26, 2022
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Posted By: Dr. McDonald
Advantages of Digital Dental X-Rays

For decades doctors and dentists relied on film x-rays to diagnose conditions and guide treatments. However, these films were never very clear and were challenging to resize. Today, modern medical facilities and dental practices rely on digital x-rays for clearer images, easier resizing, and a safer experience for patients.

Reasons You Might Need Digital Dental X-Rays in Roanoke, VA

If you have oral pain and the cause is not evident during your dental exam, your dentist may rely on digital x-rays to check for underlying conditions, like emerging root cavities, infections, or nerve/root issues.

We also rely on digital x-rays to plan dental treatment, including tooth replacement, various treatments, and extractions. Through digital x-rays—including the ability to enlarge or zero in on an area—your dentist can precisely plan your dental treatments for a successful and predictable outcome.  

Your Roanoke dentist also runs periodic x-rays during checkups and teeth cleanings if you have not had them in a while. And we typically take x-rays if you’re a new patient and don’t have recent or relevant films to share.

Are Digital X-Rays Safe?

Digital x-rays are not only safer for patients, but they are also better for the environment. Digital x-rays mean less radiation compared to the previous generation’s counterparts. Additionally, your dentist takes precautions when taking these x-rays, zeroing in on a specific point.

Because there are no chemicals or physical films (we store x-rays electronically), there are no hazardous chemicals for the development process, and no trees are compromised to print and store films.

We can forward your films electronically if we need to share your dental records with a specialist or insurance company.

For Digital Dental X-Rays in Roanoke, Contact Us

If you have tooth pain, an oral health issue, or have not visited the dentist in a while, please get in touch with a dental team member to schedule an appointment with the dentist.

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