Dental Digital X-Ray Vs Film Radiation

Digital dental x-ray being held by dental professional.

Digital X-ray Advantages

In this blog post we will look at dental digital x-ray vs. film radiation (normal x-ray) and highlight why we feel digital x-rays are better.

Dentistry has come a long way with many wonderful advances in dental care in recent years. One of the more significant advances in dental care is the use of dental digital x-ray imaging machines. At Country Dental, we are now able to offer our dental patients a panoramic digital x-ray of their teeth.

With normal x-ray film, radiation is used to pass through the bones, teeth and soft tissues to create dental x-ray images that must first be developed before it can be viewed. For decades these dental radiographs (x-rays) have helped dentists and orthodontists to find and diagnose cavities, bone loss, and other issues that may be causing toothache or affecting a patient’s oral health.

Here are a few of the reasons why Country Dental now uses a state of the art panoramic Ceph machine and the VaTech dental digital x-ray imaging system, model PCH-2500.

Dental Digital X-ray Is Safer with Less Radiation

New dental digital x-ray imaging systems now use up to 70% less radiation than normal x-rays. Since these require a significantly lower level of radiation than traditional x-rays, it means less exposure and a much safer experience for both the patient and the dental professionals administering the digital x-rays.

Faster X-ray Images

Dental digital x-ray film is available for viewing immediately during a dental exam since it doesn’t have to be first developed like the old film x-rays.

Clearer, Higher Quality Images

With traditional dental x-rays, the radiologist needed to take several x-rays from different angles in order to create a composite of the patient’s teeth and jaw. The final images were not as clear since they only offered up to 25 shades of grey. With continuous panoramic dental digital x-ray imaging we are able to see one continuous image of the entire structure of the teeth. And, the image is clearer with up to 256 shades of grey. Everything can be seen in much greater detail including the patient’s nasal and sinus passages. The image in a dental digital x-ray can also be computer enhanced to reveal even more information.

More Accurate History of Your Teeth

The archiving, storage, and retrieval of dental digital x-rays are now all done on computer and allow your dentist to keep a more accurate ongoing history of your teeth and oral health.

Improved Patient Comfort

Dental digital x-ray imaging is far less intrusive than conventional x-rays. The patient simply places a sensor inside the mouth that will send the digital information to a computer. There are no lead bibs to wear or uncomfortable papers to bite into, as was customary during traditional film x-rays. With our panoramic Cephalometric x-ray machine, there’s no need to insert a plate or film inside the mouth.

About Country Dental

Country Dental operates three dental clinics including Toronto, Cambridge, and Fergus, serving dental patients throughout Southern Ontario. We are able to offer dental care for the entire family including emergency dental services, orthodontics, and kids dentistry.

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For more information about our dental digital x-ray imaging services or to book an appointment, please contact us online or contact one of our Country Dental clinics by phone:

Toronto:        416-335-7377

Cambridge:   519-620-7474

Fergus:           519-787-7878

This Huffington Post article offers some additional information about dental x-rays.