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Frequently Asked Dental Questions – X-rays

1. How safe are dental X-rays?

Radiation you are exposed to during the taking of X-rays is extremely small. Radiation in our office is even less than traditional radiographs because we utilize digital radiographs with less than 80% of film radiation.

Dental x-rays are very safe. The amount of radiation that a full set of dental x-ray produces is about the same as you would receive from a cross country airplane ride. Radiation is measured in millirems and one dental x-ray has only .5 millirems.

Dental radiographs are necessary to help with diagnosis of decay and other dental pathology.

  1. Why does the dentist take X-rays?

Many diseases of the teeth and surrounding tissues cannot be seen when the dentist examines the mouth. An X-ray examination may reveal:

  • small areas of decay between the teeth or below existing restorations (fillings)
  • infections in the bone
  • periodontal (gum) disease
  • abscesses or cysts
  • developmental abnormalities
  • some types of tumors

Finding and treating dental problems at an early stage can save time, money and often unnecessary discomfort. X-rays can detect damage to oral structures not visible during a regular exam. If you have a hidden tumor, X-rays may even help save your life. Dentist will evaluate your need for X-rays based on the conditions present in development. There are many benefits to having X-rays taken. If you have any concerns please discuss with us we have the latest in digital radiographs minimizing radiation.