Addressing patient concerns about dental X-rays
If you are not familiar with dental radiography, it is the system by which dentists identify tooth decay through X-ray imaging.
This procedure offers great value to patients, because small cavities that are not yet visible to the naked eye can be identified with dental X-rays, significantly decreasing the cost and annoyance of fixing the problem. Perhaps even more importantly, dentists can also use X-rays to spot more serious problems related to the bones, such as cancerous tumors.
Even though dental radiography reaps high rewards, some patients are understandably concerned about subjecting themselves to radiation. The good news is that the level of radiation emitted during dental X-rays is so low as to be considered negligible. Depending on where you live and what you do throughout your day, you may get more radiation through daily life than you do through a single mouth X-ray.
According to the American Dental Association, although there is some very low-level risk involved in exposing patients to radiation, there could be a greater risk in not subjecting patients to appropriate testing. It could be far worse to send a patient home with a tumor growing in his jaw than to opt out X-rays because of unproven concerns regarding extremely low levels of radiation. Knowing each patient’s oral history and disease risk, dentists must weigh the options carefully.
The dentist, knowing the patient’s health history and vulnerability to oral disease, is in the best position to make this judgment in the interest of each patient.” (ADA)
In the end, we believe that the benefits of dental radiography far outweigh the concerns regarding negligible radiation.
If you have further questions regarding this issue, please feel free to discuss them when you, contact us to make your next appointment. We look forward to serving you.