One of the most common questions we get from patients is regarding radiation exposure during dental x-rays. The good news is dental x-rays have come a long way and the radiation exposure is extremely minimal!
First, let’s discuss the importance of dental x-rays. Dr. Finney can visually check for many things such as cavities and gum disease visually, but this does not give her the full picture. Many problems are found in between the teeth, under the gums, or even in the bone. The only way we can see these issues is with dental x-rays. Below are some of the things we check with x-rays:
Now that you understand WHY we need to take x-rays, here’s a comparison of the amount of radiation you receive. Our office only provides digital x-rays as the amount of radiation compared to traditional film x-rays is much lower.
Now while radiation for dental x-rays is very low, we still do not want to expose you to any more than necessary. Please be assured that if we recommend a dental x-ray we are doing so because we feel it is in your best interest and we will never recommend taking one for no reason. If you have any questions you would like answered regarding dental x-rays, please do not hesitate to call our office!