Dentists rely on x-rays of our teeth all the time to make the right decisions for your dental care. They usually take x-rays to determine whether a tooth is still salvageable or you need root canal or extraction. They also take x-rays when taking out impacted teeth and/or wisdom teeth. Aside from teeth impressions, orthodontists may also take x-rays of your teeth before making your braces and before putting in dental implants.
While dental x-rays have been around for a long time, digital x-rays are a relatively new technology. They are more convenient to use, can be processed faster (instantaneous!), more environmental-friendly (goodbye to disposable plates), and cheaper in the long run. While it may not seem to matter much to patients, this technology is important because it allows our dentists to work more efficiently, which is something anyone who’s had to go through a lengthy dental procedure can definitely appreciate. Better more beautiful smile with less hassle, that’s what digital x-rays are about.