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Understanding Digital Radiography

Digital radiography is a state of the art technology used to take high quality images of the body, with greater speed and far less radiation than traditional X-rays. Digital radiography does not require film, which means images are readily available. 

Many doctors and dentists choose digital radiography for its convenience, high quality images, faster processing time, and accuracy. Because the technology is so accurate, many dentists, doctors and healthcare providers are able to detect early onset conditions and treat conditions before they become serious. 

Rick Davis, DDS, and Rick Schwartz, DDS, are experts in digital radiography at Endodontic Consultants of San Antonio. If you are experiencing tooth pain or may need a root canal, visit a specialist who can help treat your condition.

Understanding digital radiography 

Digital radiography can uncover areas of decay, bone infections, periodontal disease, abscess and developmental abnormalities. To understand why digital radiography is a widely used technology, we need to understand how it grew in popularity. 

Fast processing time

Traditional x-rays can take time for images to develop. Traditional x-rays use film and require a darkroom to develop. Digital radiography produces images quickly since it does not require film. Consultations are shorter because your doctor can assess your image at a quicker page. 

Better image quality

Digital radiography produces high quality images. Doctors can focus on tiny fractures, irregularities or any other abnormality that may stand out. High image quality allows for a better view with over 200 shades of grey.

Requires fewer resources

No chemical developers required, and no need to process film. Digital radiography requires fewer resources. Traditional x-rays require regular maintenance, x-ray paper and time to develop images. 

Higher quality care 

Digital radiography provides patients with higher quality care. Patients are exposed to less radiation. DDR reduces exposure by more than 75%. Because it is more accurate, there are fewer chances you will need to retake an x-ray. 

Easy to use 

Minimal training is required before operating the x-ray machine. Many dentists also agree that it is much faster to use, and requires fewer retakes.

Why choose digital radiography

There are many reasons why dentists recommend digital radiography. Endodontics can treat sensitivity to hold and cold foods, treat swollen soft tissue around affected teeth, pain when chewing or discoloration concerns. 

If your doctor is concerned an issue might be present, he or she may suggest digital radiography to treat and diagnose the condition. 

Call or book an appointment at Endodontic Consultants of San Antonio to experience digital radiography for your endodontic needs.

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