Digital x-rays are a necessary part of many dental exams, as they provide a more clear picture to detect any possible dental problems. While these digital x-rays do not cause significant radiation exposure, some patients are hesitant about getting x-rays.
This article will help provide an update on the safety of digital dental x-rays, as well as offer an overview of some of the exciting new technology being used by dental offices to move away from radiation altogether.
What are Dental X-Rays Used For?
Dental x-rays help a dentist determine your overall oral health. They provide a baseline for your dentist to identify any potential cavities or to track the growth of teeth. Generally, dental x-rays are used when the dentist detects a problem that they cannot see. They are also generally used during an initial visit with a dentist and periodically to monitor any trends in the growth of your teeth.
Is there any radiation exposure?
There are very low levels of radiation exposure in digital dental x-rays. These very low levels greatly mitigate the risk of any harmful effects of the radiation exposure. The risk is further lowered by the use of a leaded apron, which shields the abdomen from any exposure.
On average, a dental x-ray produces less radiation exposure than a flight from the east coast to the west coast of the U.S.
Are there any alternatives to dental x-rays?
While dental x-rays are a very safe oral exam, there are now alternative technologies available that have removed radiation completely. One of these is the CariVu Camera. This compact device hugs the tooth and using a near-infrared light, provides a dentist with an image that allows them to see through the tooth.
Dental x-rays should not be a reason to avoid the dentist. Digital x-rays are a safe exam and with modern technology, there are now dental offices offering non-radiation alternatives for those who are still hesitant about dental x-rays.
At Pillar Dental, we provide the option of using the CariVu Camera. If you are looking for a dentist that provides non-radiation dental exams, give us a call today to set up an appointment.