Are dental x-rays safe?
Yes. Advancements in digital dental x-rays have resulted in significantly lower radiation levels compared to traditional film x-rays. We use digital x-ray sensors that result in very low levels of radiation. The benefits of digital x-rays far outweigh the risks of any exposure to radiation. In fact, you’ll be exposed to more radiation on a coast-to-coast flight on an airplane.
We recommend that our patients get x-rays just once each year. Digital x-rays are also safe for children. If you are pregnant, be sure to mention this at the time of treatment. In many cases, it makes sense to wait until an expectant mother is out of the first trimester or has given birth.
Dental x-rays are an essential diagnostic tool your dentist uses to detect dental issues that are not yet visible to the naked eye.
Here are some of the dental issues your dentist will be able to see with a digital x-ray:
- Tooth decay while it is still small, including decay that his hidden between teeth or beneath a filling
- Bone health, including whether there has been bone loss
- Infections in the root of the tooth
- Tumors that might be related to oral cancer
Without an x-ray, many of these problems could go undiagnosed. By the time they are noticed, they can be painful—and they can mean more invasive, expensive treatment is necessary.