Digital x-rays are quickly becoming the standard in dental imaging.
An increasing number of dental professionals are choosing to use digital radiography over conventional x-ray film as a tool in diagnosing dental caries. For years, x-ray film was instrumental in the thorough examination of possible lesions. It was the only tool available. However, digital radiography has proven to be superior to film in diagnosing even the smallest carious lesions because of its ability to enlarge, enhance, contrast, and even colorize an x-ray image through advanced imaging software. Simply stated, there is no comparison between a 1-inch x 1.5-inch film on a light box vs a digital image enlarged to the size of a computer screen. Early stages of decay are more visible through an enlarged digital radiograph, allowing for earlier detection and minimally invasive dental treatment. Not only are they an excellent diagnostic tool, but they decrease radiation to the patient by over 80%.