What is the difference between regular x-rays, digital, and 3-D x-rays?

Traditional x-rays capture images on film and once exposed cannot be modified. Digital x-rays have two distinct advantages: They use much lower radiation, this means you are exposed to less radiation, and they can be manipulated using software on a computer. They can be magnified and altered to enhance view ability such as having the contrast changed. This makes a significant difference in the way your dentist evaluates the x-ray and diagnosis your health. With technological advances it is now possible to house 3-D CT machines within dental offices. These cone beam machines are used for evaluation/diagnosis as well as planning for treatment, often for implant surgeries. The 3-D machine not only allows the dentist to take precise measurements in all dimensions, it also provides information on density. This means not only are bones and hard tissues visible but soft tissue as well. When dental implant planning is done utilizing this technique often the surgery can be performed “flapless” meaning there

Read More