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Digital x-rays, also known as digital radiography, are the latest in dental x-ray technology. Digital x-rays use a digital image device, instead of x-ray film. This technique saves time, as there is no need to develop film, and produces images with higher resolution than standard dental x-ray machines. Digital x-rays also emit lower levels of radiation as images are produced electronically.
Digital X-rays can be used to detect abscesses, malignant or benign masses, bone loss, and cavities that are not visible during a visual examination. These x-rays are safe and effective for both adults and children; however it is wise to speak with your dental professional if you are pregnant or nursing before proceeding with digital x-rays.