What are Digital Radiographs and why are they Important

Technology has evolved so rapidly in the medical field, and luckily there are fantastic ways to ensure the health of your child’s smile. One of those ways is through digital radiographs. Digital radiographs are a diagnostic tool used to provide more details about your child’s teeth, as well as the bones and tissues of their mouth.

Benefits of Digital Radiographs

Essentially, digital radiographs are digital dental x-rays. However, digital radiographs afford more advantages than traditional x-rays. Digital radiographs reduce radiation exposure by over 75 percent, as well as provide more details and clearer imaging. Digital images can be made darker or lighter to see better and provide a better diagnosis. These digital files are also easier to send to other providers if necessary. Digital imaging eliminates the need for film and processing chemicals that generate bio-hazardous waste, making digital radiographs more environmentally-friendly than traditional x-rays.

What do digital radiographs diagnose?

We’ve already determined what digital radiographs are – but what do they do? This imaging resource is used for early detection and diagnosis of mouth-related issues, including:

  • Tooth decay and cavities
  • Gum disease
  • Tumors
  • Cysts
  • Extra teeth
  • Impacted wisdom teeth

When does my child need digital radiographs?

Every patient is different and a child’s needs may differ. The need for digital radiographs vary. A pediatric dentist may want to get digital radiographs every two to three years to monitor the progress of your child’s tooth development. If a dentist detects an issue or suspects an issue may arise in the future, they could order digital radiographs to monitor these issues.

If your child’s pediatric dentist has requested your child receive digital radiographs, it is important to get these done. These images can be crucial to the continued care of your child’s smile. If you have any other questions, please contact Harrisburg Pediatric Dentistry.

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