In our office, we’ve replaced traditional, chemically processed X-ray film with digital X-rays, which allow your dentist to see things that aren’t apparent during standard exams and cleanings, such as periodontal bone loss, cavities between the teeth, and tooth abscesses. Digital x-rays have many advantages. Notably, they:
Worried about getting X-rays for the first time because of radiation exposure? You shouldn’t be! Dental X-rays account for the lowest dose of radiation exposure associated to any medical X-ray.
A person’s exposure to ionizing radiation is measured in millisieverts (mSv). Just by living on earth, we encounter background radiation—or radiation caused by terrestrial, cosmic, and naturally occurring radon, a radioactive gas—every day. More precisely, we receive approximately 3 000 mSv of ubiquitous background radiation a year, or approximately 8.2 mSv a day.
Compared to our normal daily dose of background radiation, the amount of ionizing radiation used in dentistry is considered a low dose. In fact, X-rays of your upper and lower back teeth touching (bitewing X-rays) have an exposure level of 0.038 mSv for 4 films, and a full-mouth radiograph series has an exposure level of 0.15 mSv for 18 films, which is similar to the exposure you would get flying from Toronto to Calgary.
The potential health risks associated with not receiving necessary dental treatment far outweigh any possible risk related to the very low exposure that you would receive through a few dental films during an X-ray. Call us today to find out more about how digital X-rays can benefit your health.
Do you ever feel nervous about dentist appointments? Rest assured: we cater to nervous and anxious patients in a gentle and considerate manner. Call us now to schedule a free consultation!