Are dental x-rays safe?
Because dental x-rays are the most valuable diagnostic tool we have available at Alpharetta Creek Restorative Dentistry, we use them to detect conditions in their earliest stages. Finding and treating problems when they are small minimizes your risk of discomfort and the need for more complex and costly treatments in the future.
Our goal is to use updated technologies like digital x-rays when we know they will benefit you. Compared to film-based x-rays, digital radiography exposes you to about 90 percent less radiation.
When thinking about exposure, you should know that radiation is all around us in the environment. For example, a two-hour flight exposes you to about the same levels as a set of bitewing dental x-rays, and we found that the diagnostic benefits of x-rays offset the small amount of exposure. Of course, your safety and comfort are of the utmost importance to us, so all patients must wear a lead-lined apron that provides an extra layer of protection.
Digital dental x-rays are a valuable diagnostic tool but as your family dentist in Milton, GA, we want you to feel fully informed and in control of every aspect of your treatment. Please call us if you have questions about the safety of dental x-rays so we can put your fears to rest.