How safe are dental x-rays?
At the office of Jennifer Sokolosky, DMD, we always have your utmost safety in mind. That is why we have chosen to use digital x-rays, which expose you to about 90% less radiation than traditional x-rays.
Digital x-rays are one of the most important diagnostic tools used in dentistry. Even with comprehensive visual exams, we cannot see deep inside your tooth to detect early signs of decay. Periodic x-rays provide us with a detailed picture that will help us guide you in important decisions about your dental care. How often we need to take x-rays depends on your current condition and dental history.
For some patients, x-rays are necessary every six months. However, if you don’t have a history of problems like gum disease and visit us regularly, you may only need x-rays every couple years. If you’re a new patient, it may be necessary to take x-rays during your first exam so we can start to develop a history as well as monitor changes to your oral health.
If you still have additional questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact our Ellicott City dental office. We’ll be happy to talk to you and explain the steps we take to keep you and your family safe.