Dental X-rays are used to evaluate and detect damage and disease that isn’t visibly seen during a regular dental exam. By processing dental x-rays, If you are coming in as a new patient, one or all of our doctors may recommend processing a full set of dental x-rays to determine the present status of your oral health and to develop a baseline that helps identify changes throughout your dental treatments.
Contrary to popular belief, dental X-rays are safe. However, they do emit very low doses of radiation exposure, which makes the risk of potentially harmful effects minute in comparison to other procedures where radiation exposure is required. Dental x-ray tools and techniques are designed to limit exposure to radiation for our patients. Every precaution is taken to ensure that radiation exposure is As Low As Reasonably Achievable (the ALARA principle). Our office employs the use of a full digital x-ray that reduces radiation exposure to both the patient and to the technologist who is processing the x-rays.
While a patient is undergoing our digital x-ray process, we also work with a leaded apron to minimize radiation exposure to the abdomen area. We also work with a leaded thyroid collar which can protect a patient’s thyroid from radiation exposure. While low levels of radiation exposure are not harmful, it’s best to let us know if you are pregnant, so our team can provide the utmost protection where dental x-rays are absolutely necessary.