Dental X-Rays help precisely diagnose your dental problems. Additionally, with procedures such as “crown seats” or “root canals,” X-Rays ensure that your treatment was completed successfully. With the technology available today, X-rays are the safest they have ever been. Four X-Rays use about the same amount of radiation that is in your banana.
There are a few different types of X-Rays that you’ll receive in a dental office, depending on your treatment.
Bitewings: X-Rays that focus on the crowns (visible parts) of your teeth, to help diagnose cavities and deep pockets around the gums.
PA’s: Single X-Ray films that focus on a specified area of the mouth, such as where a toothache is.
Modernized dentists are using a technology called Nomad X-ray technology. Unlike your typical, bulky X-ray heads, they are handheld and expose you to even less radiation than before.
Dental professionals take every precaution to limit your exposure to radiation. Every patient receives a lead vest for each X-Ray.
It is important to let your dentist, hygienist, and assistant know of all of your medical changes, such as pregnancy. When pregnant, it is important to limit radiation as much as possible or get permission from an OBYGN. Pregnant patients can still receive X-Rays for treatment, with a thyroid and body lead vest to protect both the patient and fetus.
If you have questions about your children receiving X-rays, a brochure has been made by dental and medical professionals: https://www.imagegently.org/Portals/6/Dental/IG14_DentalBrochure.pdf.