Unlike traditional X-rays that requires film to produce the image, digital dental radiography uses digital X-ray sensors to create enhanced images. It combines electronic sensors and bursts of radiation that pass through soft tissue but are reflected by bones, making them visible. There are three main methods of achieving this:
Digital radiography is a type of X-ray imaging that uses digital X-ray sensors to replace traditional photographic X-ray film, producing enhanced computer images of teeth, gums, and other oral structures and conditions.
Digital dental images are acquired through three methods: the direct method, indirect method and semi-indirect method. The direct method uses an electronic sensor placed in the mouth to record images. The indirect technique uses an X-ray film scanner to view traditional dental X-rays as digital images.