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Digital radiography, also known as digital x-rays, have dramatically improved how dentists image patients’ smiles and have revolutionized patient comfort and safety. What are digital x-rays and why are they such a big deal? Do digital x-rays impact your visit to the dentist?

X-ray imaging, or radiography, utilizes x-ray waves to generate an image of an opaque object. An x-ray source projects x-rays, which then pass through the object to be analyzed. Next, a film on the other side of the object receives the remaining x-rays that passed through the object. Some of the x-rays cannot make it through the object, however; some x-rays are blocked and absorbed by denser materials, such as bone tissue. In the past, dentists utilized small films when taking x-rays of a patient’s smile. With digital x-rays, however, have replaced film with a small digital receiver. Consequently, far less radiation is needed per x-ray, improving patient safety and comfort. Digital x-rays are also quickly and conveniently stored onto the computer, making record keeping much smoother.

As part of our commitment to our patients’ comfort and safety, we are pleased to provide digital x-rays at Dental Associates of Manchester. Dental technology has revolutionized dental care is recent years, helping our entire team provide unparalleled care and precision. Learn more about our personalized services and how we utilized digital radiography in Manchester, Iowa, by contacting us today at 563-927-4746. Dr. Timothy Collier are eager to welcome your family to our office!