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Are digital x-rays more accurate?

framed picture of digital x rays of an orthodontic patient

Spoiler alert: Yes, digital x-rays are more accurate than traditional radiography! This is one of the many reasons why we choose to use digital x-rays in our Johnson City orthodontist office.

Digital x-rays have a number of advantages – some of which may surprise you. While they produce more accurate x-ray images, they’re also kinder to the environment and kinder to human bodies.

Here’s what you need to know about digital x-rays, including how Dr. Jewett uses them, and why.

What are x-rays used for?

X-rays are taken so that Dr. Jewett can get a clear view of your teeth and the underlying bone structures. Without x-rays, we wouldn’t be able to see the roots of the teeth and structure of the jaw bones – which is fundamental in creating your personalized treatment plan.

The Advantages of Digital X-rays

1. Digital x-rays produce high-quality images and are more accurate than traditional radiography.

Digital x-rays generate clear images with high resolution and great contrast. High-quality images help Dr. Jewett examine bone structures, teeth and gum tissue, spot orthodontic problems and complete a comprehensive exam.
With digital x-ray images, Dr. Jewett can zoom in on images, zoom out, rotate or adjust the contrast if necessary to create a precise treatment plan that considers all aspects of your smile.

Digital images have powerful digital sensors that produce high-resolution images. Traditional x-rays, on the other hand, are processed on film, which doesn’t allow for these image-enhancing tools or level of precision.

2. Digital x-rays minimize radiation exposure.

Digital x-ray machines reduce radiation exposure by more than 80%, compared to traditional radiography! Digital x-ray machines are more sensitive than traditional x-ray machines, which requires significantly less radiation to create an image.

It’s important that we minimize radiation exposure, as it can damage DNA in our cells and increase the risk of various cancers. Digital x-ray radiation dose is minimal and not considered dangerous to health.

3. Digital x-rays allow for convenient electronic storage.

Digital x-rays are easy to store, access and transfer (if necessary.) Electronic storage is a lot more convenient than physical storage, and it reduces the chances of x-rays being lost or misplaced. If you ever need your x-rays sent to your dentist or other practitioner, we can deliver them electronically in only a few minutes!

4. Digital x-rays are environmentally friendly.

Digital imaging is kinder to the environment, because it eliminates unnecessary chemicals and waste from traditional x-ray film processing. To process an x-ray image, a number of chemicals are washed over the film. These chemicals then become toxic waste, which is notorious for destroying habitats in the environment.
Digital x-rays don’t require chemicals or paper materials to process images. Instead, they’re downloaded to our database, stored electronically and printed only if necessary.

5. Staying modern and up-to-date is important to us.

We pride ourselves on being a modern practice with an experienced orthodontist who uses advanced techniques and technologies. We’re always looking for new ways to improve our patient experience and make your treatment process more comfortable and efficient!

Throughout all of our treatments and technologies, we choose to use the best for our patients.

Still have questions about digital x-rays?

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us with any questions! We’re here to guide you through your treatment process, from your very first visit, to your last appointment.

If you’re looking for a top orthodontist in Johnson City, we’d love to meet you! Request a complimentary exam for you or your child today.