How safe are dental x-rays?
The benefits of digital x-rays far outweigh any impact from the very low amount of radiation they use.
We are all exposed to radiation on a daily basis. After all, radiation can be found in the sun, in your home appliances, in the minerals in the soil—as well as in dental x-rays. Radiation has been known to cause damage to your body’s cells, and it has been linked to some cancers.
We want you to know, however, that the radiation you are exposed to from a dental x-ray is minimal. Advances in technology have led to digital x-rays that emit extremely low amounts of radiation. Digital x-rays are also faster than the traditional x-ray machines of the past, so the amount of time you are potentially exposed to radiation is less than before.
In our offices, we take every precaution to protect our patients from radiation exposure during x-rays. In addition to the holders we use in your mouth to make sure we get accurate shots quickly, we will also provide you with a lead vest to wear during the process.
Patients can also rest assured that federal law requires that digital radiograph machines are inspected for accuracy and safety every couple years, with some states requiring even more frequent checks.