Digital x-rays, also known as digital radiography, are the latest in dental x-ray technology. Digital x-rays use a digital image capture device instead of x-ray film. This technique saves time as there is no need to develop film images, and produces images that have a better resolution than standard dental x-ray machines. Digital x-rays also emit lower levels of radiation as images are produced electronically.
Digital X-rays can be used to detect abscesses, malignant or benign masses, bone loss, and cavities that are not visible during a visual examination. These x-rays are safe and effect for both adults and children; however it is wise to speak with your dental professional if you are pregnant or nursing before proceeding with digital x-rays.