Frequently we encounter patients that have concerns about dental x-rays and radiation exposure. Most people do not realize that Dental radiography has made huge advances in the last several years. At Prospect Hill Dental, we use 100% Digital Radiography which exposes patients to FAR less radiation than traditional film based x-rays.
Below, I have posted a chart that puts radiation exposure into perspective. Look at where Digital Dental x-rays fall on the chart; right at the bottom! A walk in the park typically exposes people to more radiation than having dental x-rays! Combine that with the myriad of problems that can be exposed (and treated early) with dental x-rays and you can see why we consider dental x-rays safe and so important.
HIGH DOSE GROUP
MEDIUM DOSE GROUP
LOW DOSE GROUP
Cervial Spine (neck)
Femur (upper leg)
Dental (Full mouth series) with Film
Dental (Panorex) with Film
Dental (Bitewing) with Film
Dental (Full mouth series) Digital
Dental (Bitewing) with Digital
less then 0.5
less then 1
less than 0.05
You would have to take 20,000 dental x-rays to equal the radiation in 1 mammograml We would have to take almost 100,000 dental x-rays to reach your maximum safe yearly dose!
To put things in perspective, each time you fly from coast to coast on an airplane you receive 4 millirems of background radiation, or the equivalent of 80 Digital Computerized Dental Bitewing X~Rays. There is background radiation from concrete buildings, roads, and of course the sun! Just standing around outside for several minutes, you receive more than 3 bitewing x-rays worth of radiation every day!’ ,
When you weigh these facts against the serious consequences of cavities, gum disease, abscesses, and oral cancer that can go undetected without dental x-rays, plus, the additional x-rays that would be needed to treat those conditions, there is no question that having low dose computerized digital dental x-rays taken as needed is safe and effective!
If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.