X-rays are an essential tool for dentists to diagnose and treat dental issues effectively. We understand that some patients may have concerns about radiation exposure. However, rest assured that dental x-rays are one of the safest medical imaging procedures available. Here’s what you need to know about dental x-rays and their purpose.
The Purpose of Dental X-Rays
Dental x-rays provide our dental team with valuable information about your oral health. They help us identify tooth damage, signs of disease, and potential problems with incoming teeth. By using x-rays, we can detect issues early and address them before they become painful or severe.
Radiation While radiation exposure has been associated with an increased risk of cancer, it’s important to note that not all sources of radiation are the same. Dental x-rays involve a low dose of radiation, making them safe for patients. In fact, dental x-rays rank among the lowest radiation-producing procedures in medical imaging.
Comparing Radiation Exposure
To put things into perspective, it would take around 1,200 panoramic x-rays of your mouth to equal the radiation exposure from a single CT scan. Even the amount of radiation from a panoramic x-ray is equivalent to only half of what you’d be exposed to during a 7-hour plane ride. Routine x-ray exams, which typically include 4 intraoral images, provide less radiation than a 1-2 hour plane journey. Additionally, dental x-rays contribute less radiation than what you encounter in your everyday life from natural sources.
Safety Measures in Our Office
While dental x-rays are safe and adhere to state regulations on radiation exposure limits, we take extra precautions to ensure your safety. Our experienced team is trained in using the x-ray equipment properly. We also provide you with a shield or bib for added protection during the procedure.
What You Can Do
Open communication is vital. If you’re a new patient, please share your medical records with us, including any previous medical imaging you’ve had. Feel free to discuss any concerns with our dentist so that we can address them and provide you with a safe environment during your dental visit.
Rest Assured and Take Action
Dental x-rays are a crucial and safe procedure that benefits your oral health. They allow our dentist to identify and treat problems with precision. With a significantly lower radiation dose compared to other medical imaging methods, you can feel at ease during your visit. Your comfort is our priority, so if you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to let us know.
To schedule your next examination in the Rancho Cucamonga area or if you have any questions, please contact our office. Your smile’s health is important to us, and we’re here to help you every step of the way.