Some studies have shown that as many as 50% of Americans have moderate to extreme fear about going to the dentist. Some of this fear can be attributed to the radiation they think they will be exposed to during the appointment.
These days, dental x-ray equipment is safe, fast, and environmentally friendly. It also can help reduce the amount of probing a dentist does, because the x-ray photos can show any/all tooth decay. Take a look at the benefits of today’s advanced x-ray technology.
X-ray doses in decades past were several times higher than doses used in today’s digital devices. In fact, the doses are well below those that occur naturally in the atmosphere and from natural elements in the soil (per this ABC report). In addition, the protective apron and neck collar used with the process these days shield the torso and neck from the radiation.
Unlike the glossy film of yesteryear, today’s digital photos appear directly on an office computer. This saves the landfills from non-biodegradable materials and eliminates the need for chemicals used to develop the photos.
Improved Understanding of Treatment
Along with the fast display time, the digital photos better illustrate problems and treatment options to patients. This can help patients understand their issues and be more comfortable with solutions.
X-rays and Pregnancy
The low-dosage x-rays, the apron, and the neck collar more than adequately protect pregnant women from radiation. However, if you are either pregnant or trying to get pregnant, it’s a good idea to tell your dentist and talk about options.
Summary: It’s Your Decision
The national debate over the health of dental x-rays rages on despite all the improvements made over the years. Our Jacksonville patients will be interested to know that we use Dexis x-ray technology, which has won several awards for performance and safety. It provides instant, computerized images that lead to accurate treatments. To learn more, visit www.dexis.com or call our office.
We hope this article helps relieve some fears about dental x-rays. If you’re still uncomfortable with the idea, however, you can always opt to skip the x-ray. Your comfort is our chief concern and we can analyze your oral health in other ways to find decay. It may just take a little longer.
As always, contact our office if you have questions about dental x-rays or any other topic related to oral health. We’d be happy to talk with you.