When it comes to providing our patients with the comfort they deserve, one of the ways we ensure this is with the use of advanced technology like digital X-rays. While you likely have a solid understanding of what this type of imaging is used for – it gives us a closer look at the internal workings of your oral cavity – you may find that you have some questions. From wondering what makes this type of X-ray different from conventional ones to feeling curious about the benefits, we are happy you are interested and would like to answer some of your most frequently asked questions below:

FAQs About Digital X-Rays

Question: What makes them “digital” instead of conventional?

Answer: The process relies on the use of computer technology rather than film development.

Question: So this means you won’t need to develop the X-rays?

Answer: Yes. Rather than using film and chemicals that pollute the environment and create waste, we will simply upload the image into our computer. Fortunately, this means digital X-rays offer a green, earth-friendly solution to capturing images of your mouth.

Question: Do they emit less radiation?

Answer: Yes, this is one of the very exciting benefits.

Question: Is the process the same?

Answer: It is similar, but not identical. Unlike conventional X-rays that require you to close your teeth on bitewings, this is much simpler. We will place a small sensor comfortably in your mouth in a variety of locations to take your X-rays. The process is quick.

Question: What are the benefits of having the X-rays loaded into your computer?

Answer: This makes everyone’s lives much easier. First, we can quickly begin showing you what we see happening in the inner workings of your mouth. Also, we may very easily take a closer look at the X-rays using computer software and can even send them via email if you need to see a specialist.


Dr. Jones and Dr. Harris of Mansfield Dental Associates rely upon their years of experience, training, and cutting-edge technology to offer patients expert dental care at each and every visit. They listen to each patient’s concerns and offer gentle, informative guidance about future treatments. If you would like to schedule a consultation, call (817) 473-6227. Dr. Jones and Dr. Harris proudly treat patients from Mansfield, South Arlington, Kennedale, Southeast Ft. Worth, Alvarado, Midlothian and neighboring areas.