X-rays are of the most useful tools in the hands of the pediatric dentist in order to keep the child’s mouth healthy. Understanding the appearence of healty tissue, the pediatric dentist can diagnose problems in the jaws or the teeth. In general, children need x-rays more often than adults. Their mouth grows and changes quickly. Children are more susceptible in dental caries compared to adults and it is important to detect it at an early stage, before it reaches the nerve and before it contaminates the adjacent teeth.
A digital X-ray is a form of X-ray where digital sensors are used instead of the traditional X-ray film.
The advantages of the method include time saving, since the display is performed simultaneously, but also the ability to transfer and process the image on the computer.
In this way, X-rays are more diagnostic even in lesions in the tooth that would not be seen with the conventional method. One of the biggest benefits, however, especially for children, is that the amount of radiation the patient receives is dramatically reduced to a very low level.
In fact, dental x-rays have a much lower risk than problems left undiagnosed and teeth left untreated.