Digital Dental X-Rays vs. Film X-Rays

While conventional dental x-rays (film) are considered safe and emit low levels of radiation, advanced technology in the dental field offers a safer option for patients. We know some patients are concerned about exposure and their safety. Digital dental x-rays expose you to far lower levels of radiation. In fact, they produce up to 90% less radiation compared with film x-rays.

The process for digital x-rays is similar to traditional film x-rays. Both processes involve a sensor inserted into your mouth to capture images of your teeth. The digital sensor is connected to a computer so the images can be viewed immediately on a screen.


Advantages of Digital Dental X-Rays

Digital dental x-rays

The advantages of using digital dental x-rays (radiography) over traditional film x-rays include:

Less radiation – digital x-rays use up to 90 percent less radiation than film x-rays, which is safer for the patient.

Higher quality images – digital x-rays have a higher resolution and can be enlarged for a closer picture. Cavities are easier to detect due to the color adjustment capabilities of the software.

Transfer dental records – images can be e-mailed to a specialist if necessary.

Environmentally friendly – digital x-rays do not require chemicals to process the images. In addition, the images are stored on a computer and can quickly be retrieved.

Shorter appointment times – digital x-rays are immediately available to view. Plus, it is easier to compare images from past appointments.

Do I Need Digital X-rays?

Digital x-rays show hidden areas such as tooth roots and the contact areas in between your teeth in detail. This is important because cavities can develop in the contact areas between your teeth, or a tooth may become infected.

A digital x-ray will show the structure inside your tooth and any sign of infection can be quickly identified. Additionally, dental x-rays help your dentist plan the best treatment. He or she can see the progression of the infection.

Digital x-rays are frequently used for monitoring teeth yet to emerge, such as wisdom teeth that may be impacted. They can also be used to monitor the growth and development of your jaw or to identify TMJ.


When you need a dentist in the Western Suburbs, call Webster Dental in Downers Grove at 630.663.0554. Our dental office is located at 1121 Warren Avenue, Suite 130, in Downers Grove, Illinois 60515. Webster Dental has patients from Downers Grove, Lisle, Woodridge, Lombard, Westmont, Darien, Willowbrook, Glen Ellyn, Burr Ridge, Oak Brook, Hinsdale, as well as other Chicago communities.


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