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Are Dental X-Rays Dangerous or Necessary?


Posted on 12/23/2021 by Barbara Ketchum
Are Dental X-Rays Dangerous or Necessary?Dental X-rays are a very useful tool that helps our team detect damage and diseases that are not visible during a regular dental exam. How frequently you should get dental X-rays heavily depends on your current dental health, your age, your risk for disease, and possible oral situation and symptoms.

Why Is It Necessary To Take X-Rays For Oral Treatment?


Dental X-rays are necessary to help us detect cavities, determine the condition of your gums, or evaluate the growth and development of teeth. The frequency or quantity of X-rays a patient may need to have can vary depending on the dental problems suffered by them, since if the patient needs dental treatment to repair his mouth, he will surely need to take several intraoral X-rays to control the treatment process.

Are Dental X-Rays Dangerous?


When a patient gets a dental X-ray, the radiation passes through the distinct tissues, and they only absorb a small part of it. Millisieverts are the measure of this radiation, and the normal dose is also called the “effective dose.” This type of radiation can compare to natural radiation, which is the amount received by natural means such as exposure to the sun, telephones, or satellites. The dose is approximately 3mvs, varying according to the location of the patient. The amount of dose received in a digital radiography is 0.005mvs, which is the equivalent of a day sunbathing on the beach.

In other words, dental X-rays are not dangerous at all, since the dose is minimal; and as we follow all the necessary prevention regulations, the risks are practically non-existent. Indeed, the probabilities of developing any disease or running some kind of risk is extremely slight, due to the small dosage used and absorbed by your cells. If you still want to know more about X-rays and their dangers, please feel free to contact us today.




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