Dental X-rays Are Safe

Dental X-RayThere has been much concern shown by patients regarding the safety of dental x-rays.   Patients are their own best advocates, so asking questions and doing research is welcomed.

Dental x-rays are used a supplemental diagnostic method by dentists so that accurate and clear information can be obtained.  A thorough diagnosis is the best and easiest road to treatment.  Without the use of x-rays, it is impossible for the dentist to know what is going on beneath the surface of the tooth.

X-rays enable the dentist to see cavities, infected pulp, inflamed nerve, deeper decay under a crown, etc…
Using-rays alleviates more painful and invasive exploratory options.  Once diagnosed, treatment can begin.  Some procedures require x-rays after they are performed to ensure completion.  If you suspect a dentist is using x-rays too frequently, seek-out a new dentist.

Dr. Rapoport does not take the use of x-rays lightly and uses them ONLY for diagnoses and treatment, and only when necessary..  She uses all precautions and adheres to the guidelines set by the State.  Each State has different guidelines for the use of x-rays machines, the training of staff, and the protocols required.  Contact the State if you have any questions regarding the above information.

According to the American Dental Association,  *“Dental X-ray exams are safe; however, they do require very low levels of radiation exposure, which makes the risk of potentially harmful effects very small. Dental X-ray tools and techniques are designed to limit the body’s exposure to radiation and every precaution is taken to ensure that radiation exposure is As Low As Reasonable Achievable (the ALARA principle). A leaded apron minimizes exposure to the abdomen and should be used when any dental radiograph is taken. Also, a leaded thyroid collar can protect the thyroid from radiation, and should also be used whenever possible. The use of a leaded thyroid collar is recommended for women of childbearing age, pregnant women and children.

If you are pregnant, tell your dentist. During your pregnancy, you may need to have X-rays taken as part of your treatment plan for a dental disease. Use of the leaded apron and thyroid collar will protect you and your fetus from radiation exposure. Dental X-rays do not need to be delayed if you are trying to become pregnant or are breastfeeding.”

If you have any questions, please, ask the dentist.  She is always happy to answer and provide you with the information you need to make informed decisions.

*http://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/az-topics/x/x-rays

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