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How does a digital dental X-ray work?

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In some dental offices, digital X-rays are replacing traditional radiographs. Here’s how it works: An electronic sensor or phosphor plate (instead of film) is put into your mouth to capture the image. The image is sent to a computer, where it can be seen. This is faster than conventional film.

Your dentist can store digital images on the computer to keep up with your dental health.

And because the sensor and phosphor plates are more sensitive to X-rays than film is, the radiation dose is lower.

SOURCES:

Bader, J. , Oct. 1, 2004. Journal of the American Dental Association

Bader, J. , Nov. 1, 2006. Journal of the American Dental Association

Richard Price, DMD, dentist, Newton, Mass.; spokesperson, American Dental Association.

Hugh Flax, DDS, dentist, Atlanta; vice vice-president, American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.

Michael R. Sesemann, DDS, dentist, Omaha, Neb; president, American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.

Mickey Bernstein, DDS, dentist, Germantown, Tenn.; past president, American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.

American Dental Association.

WebMD: "Dental X-Rays."

American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons.

American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.

Reviewed by Alfred D. Wyatt Jr. on January 17, 2017

SOURCES:

Bader, J. , Oct. 1, 2004. Journal of the American Dental Association

Bader, J. , Nov. 1, 2006. Journal of the American Dental Association

Richard Price, DMD, dentist, Newton, Mass.; spokesperson, American Dental Association.

Hugh Flax, DDS, dentist, Atlanta; vice vice-president, American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.

Michael R. Sesemann, DDS, dentist, Omaha, Neb; president, American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.

Mickey Bernstein, DDS, dentist, Germantown, Tenn.; past president, American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.

American Dental Association.

WebMD: "Dental X-Rays."

American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons.

American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.

Reviewed by Alfred D. Wyatt Jr. on January 17, 2017

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