Dental X-rays are generally a necessary prescribed procedure by your dentist yearly.
Have you ever questioned, why this is necessary yearly because of the exposure to radiation? or…
Have you ever refused dental x-rays because you were concerned about the radiation exposure?
Today, most dental offices have Digital Dental X-rays. Digital Dental X-rays benefit patients because the exposure to radiation has decreased greatly, preventing a large amount of exposure.
When going in for a dental check up it is important to remember that your dentist need X-rays to see many diseases of the mouth that cannot be seen during your visual examination. Decay in between your teeth & below fillings, damage to the bone from tooth infections, bone loss due to periodontal disease, developmental defects, oral tumors, effects of trauma or force, and un-erupted teeth are all seen with dental x-rays. If you refuse this process you are at risk to not identify oral diseases at an early stage which can save you time and money.
According to the American Dental Association (1), the radiation you receive is minimal. You could expect 0.038 (msv) from Bitewing X-rays, and 0.150 (msv) from a full mouth X-ray. When reviewing the numbers below, you can compare digital dental x-rays to other types of X-rays:
Lower Gastrointestinal Tract – 4.060
Chest x-ray – .080
Radiation from space in Denver Co. – 0.510 (per year)
Avg. natural radiation in the US (per year) – 3.00
WOW! The amount of radiation exposure you receive from dental x-rays is minimal compared to the MAJOR Dental problems you can encounter if your dentist cannot identify a disease in your mouth. Those numbers are measured from traditional dental x-rays. Digital Dental X-rays can be up to 80% less than even the traditional dental x-ray. Other reasons why our dentists @ Royal Oaks Dentistry use Digital Dental X-Rays are:
- Your Dentist can view your x-rays immediately.
- Your dentist can enlarge or Zoom into your x-ray. Something this is actually measured in millimeters is exposed in inches.
- Digital Dental X-rays can be corrected if needed with out taking an additional x-ray.
- Sharing your x-ray is simplified by transmitting them electronically! Your dental Insurance claim will be paid faster.
- Digital Dental X-rays are Environmentally friendly!!! Go Green!
- An estimated 80% less radiation exposure is possible.
Next time you go to the dentist consider the HUGE Dental problems you could encounter for such a small amount of radiation. Not only do digital dental x-rays produce less radiation, dental professionals have created tools and techniques that also eliminate radiation exposure.