For many people, dental x-rays are the only time they are exposed to x-ray radiation in their lifetime. But dental x-rays are an essential part of routine dental care and aid us to diagnose, predict and prevent problems with your teeth and your oral health. X-rays are the only way we can see bone, tissue and hidden surfaces of your teeth. Without X-rays, we cannot give you complete care.
And if you’ve wondered about whether or not the dental X-rays are necessary and/or dangerous, there are a few important considerations to keep in mind. First, your actual radiation exposure during dental X-rays is quite low. Second, if your dentist uses the latest dental X-ray machines, that exposure is even more minimal.
To quantify it, four bitewing X-rays, which is what most patients get in a routine dental visit, gives you about .005 millisieverts of radiation, according to the American College of Radiology. That’s about the same amount of radiation you get in a normal day from the sun and other sources and less than what you absorb from a plane trip.
It’s important to know the facts about dental X-rays. They are an important part of your dentist’s diagnostic toolbox and should not be avoided. Digital imaging greatly reduces your risk, is faster, and more detailed. Make your appointment to visit our Right Smile Center today!
Novy Scheinfeld, DDS, PC
ZoAnna Scheinfeld, MS, DMD
Hanna Orland, DMD
3781 Chamblee Dunwoody Road
Chamblee, GA 30341
290 Carpenter Drive, 200A
Sandy Springs, GA 30328