What Types of Digital Technologies Are Used in Dentistry?
Digital technology is a broad term used for any technology that utilizes computers to store and
manipulate information. Digital technology is especially helpful when it comes to taking and
managing medical imagery such as X-rays.
Digital images: Using equipment like intraoral cameras, we can quickly take photos
of the interior of the mouth to view and document your oral health. Digital images are easy to
manage via computer. The image view can be expanded or shrunk to look at specific areas of the
Digital X-rays: Prior to the innovation of digital images and X-rays, dental X-rays
were taken with a special camera and film or plates. The final X-rays were printed out on large
sheets that took up a lot of room and required a special lightbox to view.
Today’s digital X-rays do not require film, plates, or lightboxes. The pictures are taken via a
special digital X-ray camera and stored on the computer. The new digital X-rays also need less
radiation to produce so they are very safe.