Digital X-ray at the dentist

What is digital radiography?

Digital X-ray is an imaging method in which not a conventional X-ray film is exposed, but a special film that is removed from a computer.
The X-ray image can then be visualized on the monitor digitally and reproduced as desired.

Digital X-ray at the dentist

Digital X-ray is carried out in dentistry for the diagnosis and follow-up. Especially digital X-ray can visualize diseased bodies, which when viewed normally in the mouth are not yet visible. Also, for example before treatment of periodontitis in a root canal treatment, the placement of crowns or tooth extraction, taking a radiograph is a valuable support. It can be a digital X-ray of an individual teeth and jaw limited areas, but comprehensive, so-called panoramic pictures can also be taken.

How does the digital X-ray work?

Digital X-Ray works as follows: As with the original technique, a (human) body in the desired range is exposed to x-rays for a short time. The X-rays are then taken by an opposing foil, here the capture is formed primarily from bone and teeth, and to a lesser extent, soft tissue. This can then be transferred to the computer that stores a particular file format for digital radiography and the capture will be displayed on the screen.

Digital X-ray contrasted to conventional X-ray

Digital radiography is a modern method, which has some advantages over the conventional X-ray. The images are generally of better quality than ordinary photographs. Because the images can be edited directly on a computer, you can save over-or under-exposed images. Digital X-Ray thus represents a time saving method, and also, an overall lower radiation exposure, which also limited by the required radiation intensity is due.

The usual chemicals and darkroom are no longer needed because a digital X-ray image will not be developed. The digitalization, the respective X-ray are kept, without taking much space. In addition it can be sent quickly to computer and can be judged properly from distance.

Radiation dose with digital radiography

Despite the only moderate exposure to radiation digital X-ray safety regulations are observed. Too high dose of radiation can damage the genetic material, which may in some cases lead to malignant tumors. Shielding of lead aprons are used, therefore the protection of radiation-sensitive parts of the body is secured.

What is digital imaging?

Digital Imaging is a process by which the practitioner is able to simulate the treatment results in advance on the computer. Pictures of the oral cavity are transmitted to the computer and processed. These pictures will show what the treatment (dental, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, oral surgeon, orthodontist) can do for the patient.

Digital imaging is to demonstrate

* The treatment of misaligned teeth / jaw deformities
* Of Bleaching (tooth whitening) – the exchange of amalgam to tooth-colored fillings
* The treatment of periodontitis
* And much more.

What is an intraoral camera?

Using an intra-oral camera (a Latin word made intra = inside and os = mouth) and a PC, the digital imaging process can be realized. The intraoral camera is a small video camera that takes pictures of the mouth and display them real-time on a monitor. Modern intraoral cameras are so small that they can be used without any problems in the narrow mouth and they still provide sharp images. The intra-oral camera is usually connected to a computer. The results of treatment are documented neatly.


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