Digital Dental x-rays Safety – What do You need to Know?
We are all exposed to natural radiation in our environment. Digital x-rays use a significantly lower level of radiation compared to traditional dental x-rays.
• SAFER • REDUCES TIME
• MORE COMFORTABLE
Digital x-rays are better for the health and safety of the patient, they are faster and more comfortable to take, which reduces your time in the dental office. Since the digital image is captured electronically, there is no need to develop the x-rays, thus eliminating the disposal of harmful waste and chemicals into the environment.
Even though digital x-rays produce a low level of radiation and are considered very safe, we take necessary precautions to limit the patient’s exposure to radiation. How?
- Only taking those x-rays that are necessary
- Using lead apron shields to protect your body.
How often should dental x-rays be taken?
Your dental health needs determines what digital x-rays are needed. Your dentist and dental hygienist will recommend necessary x-rays based upon the review of your medical and dental history, a dental exam, signs and symptoms, your age, and risk of disease.
A full mouth series of digital dental x-rays is recommended for new patients. A full series is usually good for three to five years. Bite-wing x-rays (x-rays of top and bottom teeth biting together) are taken at check-up visits and are recommended once or twice a year to detect new dental problems.