Similar to traditional dental radiographs, digital radiographs are used to take x-rays of a patient’s mouth to help the dentist diagnose and treat conditions that may go undetected by the naked eye.
Radiographic examinations help the dentist to detect:
- Cavities between teeth or below existing cavities
- Tooth infection (abscesses or cysts)
- Periodontal disease and tooth loss
- Unerupted teeth
- Abnormal tooth development
Digital radiographs make information much more accessible than traditional radiographs. This is mainly because the images are more easily viewed, stored, and can be obtained easily. In addition, because the size of the radiographic beam can be limited to the size of the sensor being used, the amount of radiation can be decreased.