We are often asked questions about dental X-Rays. In particular, a lot of patients have questions about the exposure to radiation.
Exposure to all sources of radiation, including from the sun and appliances in your home, can damage the body’s tissues and cells. Fortunately, the dose of radiation you are exposed to during the taking of dental X-rays is extremely small. There are also a number of precautions taken to reduce the radiation.
Advances in dentistry over the years have led to very low radiation levels emitted by today’s dental X-rays. You should not be concerned about the radiation from Studio City dental X-rays. Some of the improvements are that new digital dental X-ray machines limit the radiation beam to the limited area being X-rayed. Additionally, higher speed X-ray films require shorter exposure time compared to machines from years ago. This significantly reduces the radiation levels used.
The dosage of X-ray radiation received by a Studio City dental X-ray patient is similar to the dose received during a cross-country airplane flight. As you can see, this is not something you should be overly worried about.
In addition to the above, the use of lead-lined body aprons protects the body from additional radiation. Federal law also requires that dental X-ray machines are reviewed for accuracy and safety every two years, with some places requiring more even frequent checks.
We hope this relieves your concern regarding radiation from your Studio City dental X-rays. Stay tuned for more dental facts and updates.