Dental issues commonly begin where they cannot be seen with a visual exam – like between your teeth or under the gum tissue. Digital x-rays allow us to find these problems when they're small and easily treatable.
We also use digital x-rays because they use significantly less radiation to produce these images than film x-rays. Some estimates say that digital x-rays reduce your exposure by as much as 70%!
Images produced by digital x-rays are highly detailed, and since we can project them directly on our chairside monitors, you see exactly what we see. Dr. Irvin can manipulate the image by making it larger or smaller and even adjusting the contrast so you can immediately see what the problem is and why treatment is necessary.
Digital images are stored securely in your patient record, making it easy to send them electronically to specialists and insurance providers when necessary. And because no chemicals are required to process digital images, they are better for the environment!