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Are Dental X-rays Safe?

Dental X-rays Safe

X-rays (radiographs) are a vital part of your dental visit. They are images of your teeth, used to evaluate bone level, decay and impacted teeth. They can even show cysts and be used to diagnose cancer in your jaw bone. Digital technology has improved the quality of images and has reduced the amount of radiation needed to obtain the images. Are Dental X-rays safe for both children and adults? At The Dental Store, we take all the necessary precautions to reduce exposure using a lead apron and thyroid shield.

How do digital x-rays work?

The process is similar to traditional film radiographs in the fact that the sensor is inserted into your mouth to capture images of specific teeth. However, the digital sensor is directly connected to a computer which processes the image as soon as it is exposed rather than having to process the film in a dark room. This gives instant access for you and the dentist to view images of your teeth.

Benefits Of Digital X-rays

  • Less Radiation – First and foremost, digital x-rays have been proven to emit 75% less radiation than traditional film x-rays. With such a significant reduction in radiation patients do not need to worry about an increased risk of cancer from exposure of a routine dental x-ray once every six months or yearly.
  • Higher Quality Images – With digital technology, images are more precise and clear. They can also be increased in size for easier viewing and lightened or darkened, with contrast, to detect changes in tooth structure or jaw bone.
  • Fast Record Transfers – In the case of a specialist referral or transferring records to another dental office, the images can quickly sent via a secure email. Instead of waiting on the mail or having the inconvenience of picking up x-rays yourself, they can be sent instantly.
  • Eco Friendly – Digital x-rays require no harmful chemicals for processing. Doctors who use traditional film radiographs use toxic chemicals to produce the images. Digital offices do not use toxic processing chemicals and are safer for the environment.