Many dental practices have adopted the custom of taking routine X-Rays of their patients’ mouths. That is also true of our team at Kirlough Family Dentistry. We do so because of the many benefits X-Rays offer as a diagnostic tool. However, some patients may hesitate to get X-Rays taken because they worry that the scanning process might not be safe. On this page, we talk about both the advantages of X-Rays and how you can be sure that they will not harm you.
Digital X-rays accomplish much. Here are just a few of their benefits:
We just mentioned that digital X-Rays produce minimal radiation, but they do still produce some radiation. That leads many patients to wonder… are digital X-Rays really safe?
To answer the question of whether digital X-Rays are safe, let’s begin by comparing the amount of radiation they produce to other sources of radiation you may encounter in your everyday life. A full series of digital mouth X-rays exposes you to about 0.09 mSv of radiation. Other common sources of radiation produce much higher doses.
What can we conclude from the foregoing information? Simply put, the radiation exposure from dental X-rays is quite minimal, and the likelihood of suffering harm from them is next to nothing. Digital dental X-rays are even considered safe for young children and pregnant women.
Would you like to learn more about digital X-Rays or the other advanced technology we use in our office? Get in touch with Kirlough Family Dentistry today.