Digital radiography has revolutionized dental radiography as it allows to obtain digital radiographic images that can be seen on the computer screen in seconds. The dentist will position a sensor which is placed in an envelope that is discarded after it is used with each patient in the area to be checked. Then it will shoot the minimum radiation necessary by means of an X-ray machine.
In the conventional radiography process, a radiographic plate is required that goes through a process of developing and fixing the image, which can take between ten and fifteen minutes per radiography. The image of a digital radiography is obtained in fractions of seconds which reduces the time of the appointment and results in a saving of time for the patient.
As well, the image it delivers is of better quality compared to a conventional radiography. The dentist can immediately analyze, edit, enlarge, increase, or decrease the contrast and brightness to obtain the best possible image of the area under study. The quality of the digital images facilitates the diagnosis by your dentist, as they have greater definition, so that all important anatomical structures or lesions can be observed with much greater precision. Everything stated optimizes doctor-patient communication, as the patient has the possibility of seeing the results of the X-rays in detail on a screen or monitor.
The main benefit for the patient is that digital radiography requires less X-ray exposure, which translates to less radiation for both the clinic staff and the patient.
Finally, there is an ecological aspect to consider, since digital radiographs do not require chemical processing, so they do not generate any type of pollution for the environment by removing lead waste from radiographic films and chemicals in the liquids used in the development process.