You may wonder if dental x-rays are necessary or how dental x-rays benefit your health. Dental x-rays, or radiographs, are a crucial part of your dental exams and here is why. By using digital dental x-ray’s Dr. Slava can see things about your oral health and tooth structure that are impossible to be seen by the naked eye. These items include cysts (sacks of fluid that form on the roots of teeth), cancerous and non-cancerous tumors, invisible decay that occurs between teeth, and the location of teeth that haven’t grown all the way in. By using a digital x-ray to diagnose these problems, Greenwood Dental can help save you money in the long run from surgeries or other treatments that might become necessary if we didn’t find the problem. In some cases, where dental x-rays show the location of tumorous growths, x-rays can be responsible for saving your life. Advantages of Digital Radiography Digital x-rays have many advantages when compared with old fashioned film-based machines, including: Reduced radiation exposure (up to 90% less than traditional systems) Enhanced ability to refine image quality Instant viewing (no waiting for films to develop) Environmentally friendly (no toxic chemicals) Best of all, it’s easy for you to see what the doctor sees. Your digital x-ray can be seen on a computer screen located next to your dental chair. This helps you understand your needs and make an informed choice about any treatment.