Using the most advanced dental technology possible is just as important as staying up-to-date on the latest treatment techniques. Because our practice is dedicated to providing you with the safest and most convenient treatment options available, we utilize advanced digital X-ray technology in our office.
Digital X-rays provide several advanced imaging options designed to save time, provide clearer dental photos, and expose patients to less radiation than traditional X-ray technology.
Common Concerns About X-rays
I don’t have time!
Taking digital x-rays adds, at most, 5 minutes to any given appointment, making them a quick and invaluable part of your examination.
They are too uncomfortable!
A lot of this fear stems from memories of the extremely uncomfortable full mouth x-rays of old, which used 18 separate films to get a complete picture of your teeth. New technology means no more uncomfortable film, smaller sensors and faster image capture. It’s painless, we promise!
I don’t want all that radiation!
This is by far the most frequent complaint we hear, and the biggest myth in need of dispelling. Especially given the advent of digital images, radiation exposure from x-rays is minimal. The United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission estimates that the average person is exposed to roughly 620 millirem per year, which has been judged to be perfectly safe for humans and of which half comes from natural sources. In contrast, a single digital dental x-ray is about 0.1 millirem. To put that in context, the National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements pegs the occupational radiation exposure limit at a whopping 5000 millirem per year, or around 5000 times what you’d get from a set of yearly x-rays. It’s about the equivalent of exposure from a cross country flight, and a completely worthwhile cost to ensure your oral and systemic health.
To put this exposure into more context:
Two hours in a jet plane = 1 millirem
Living in a brick house = 7 millirem per year
Smoking a pack of cigarettes a day = 36 millirem a year
Breast mammogram (per breast) = 42 millirem