Dental x-rays (radiographs) are preventative, diagnostic tools that provide information not visible during a regular dental exam. X-rays are used by dentists and dental hygienists to accurately detect hidden dental abnormalities and complete a treatment plan. X-rays prevent problem areas from going undetected.
Treating and detecting dental problems in early stages saves patients time, money, unnecessary discomfort, and their teeth!
Natural radiation is something we are exposed to in our environment. Radiation exposure levels from a full mouth series of x-rays is similar to the amount a person is exposed to in a single day from natural sources.
The low level of radiation produced by dental x-rays are considered safe. Dentists work to limit the patient’s exposure to radiation when taking dental x-rays. Precautions include using lead aprons to shield and protect the body. The use of modern, fast film cuts down the exposure time of each x-ray.