X-ray safety program
As parents ourselves, our Smile Makeover dentists understand why our patients may have concerns about x-rays.
Let’s address your questions together for a stress-free visit with advance digital x-ray imaging!
What are Dental x-rays used for?
They help our Arcadia dentists and Temple City dentists to dental concerns not visible to the eye.
For convenience to our patients, our advance digital x-ray technology is available at all our dental studios!
Get ready to relax with personalized digital x-ray technology in each patient room!
1) Why do Parklane dentists need dental x-rays?
Our doctors are exceptionally trained and experienced at spotting signs and symptoms of oral disease on the exterior of your teeth and the exterior of the gum.
But Dr. Eric To and our team of dentists have not yet developed the super power to look inside your teeth!
The safe use of digital x-ray help our Smile Makeover experts see areas that we normally can not use at a regular physical oral exam.
Our dentist team strives to provide the best preventive treatment with advance dental technology – including x-rays.
That means our dentists use safe and comfortable digital x-rays for treatment diagnosis. It helps with early detection of teeth damage and diseases.
Because of the limitation of a visual examination, x-rays can reveal problems in areas between teeth or hidden by fillings:
- cavities between teeth and cavities
- infections inside the bone
- periodontal disease
- abscesses or cysts
- and tumor
With modern technology, our digital x-rays are one of the best tools for your smile journey.
Why do I need Dental x-rays?
Without x-rays of your teeth, dentists can not check the dental health of the area inside your tooth.
Images from digital x-rays accurately confirm the presence of cavities and other oral diseases.
With digital x-ray imaging, we can determine the present status of your oral health!
1) How do dental x-rays help me?
X-rays also functions as your dental health baseline for doctors and dental professionals to identify changes that may occur later. This helps our Smile Makeover experts track your journey at your next appointment when x-rays are taken again.
For example, x-rays might be taken in 6 months after your previous appointment for fillings to check if new cavities have developed, especially underneath the filling.
2) What about dental x-ray for my children?
The dental health of pediatric patients is different from adult dental patients.
Not only the teeth of children grow quickly, and also the adult sets of teeth in children are often not visible (but inside the gum below the baby teeth)!
Therefore, the American Dental Association recommends x-ray exam at 6 months intervals for children and pediatric patients. Furthermore, x-rays serve as part of a photographic gallery to show the progress of growing tooth for children braces.
What About X-ray Safety and Radiation?
1) Are dental x-rays safe?
Dental x-ray exams are SAFE!
Dental do require very low levels of radiation exposure, but dental x-ray tools and techniques are designed to limit that.
Proper shielding in our office makes exposure even lower!
For comparison, exposure from a routine dental x-ray is LESS THAN…
2) What about radiation?
It is common for patients to be concerned about radiation.
Any exposure from dental x-ray is extremely small in comparison with other medical x-rays.
For your reference, xrays at a regular dental exam (about 6 images) is about only 1.2 µSv (microsievert) units of radiation.
- A mammography emits 3,000 µSv (2500x regular dental exam).
- A GI tract x-ray emits 6,000 µSv (5000x regular dental exam).
3) What about patients with pregnancy?
IMPORTANT FOR PREGNANT PATIENTS:
We understand there are concerns for the safety of x-rays in pregnant patients. A leaded apron minimizes exposure to the abdomen.
Reviewed by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, “Patients often need reassurance that prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of oral conditions, including dental x-rays (with shielding of the abdomen and thyroid) … are safe during pregnancy.”
What If I Have X-rays From Another Dentist?
However, they are older than 6 months, new x-rays will be taken for a more accurate snapshot of your oral health.
Ready to take a look at your dental health?