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How Safe are Dental X-Rays?

tablet with a patients dental x-raysSafe as a Day at the Beach

The question about how safe dental x-rays are is common, and easy to answer. It’s very safe. In fact, it’s much safer to have the x-rays than not to!

You must know that we’d never do anything that wasn’t safe for you.

From a day at the beach to stepping on an airplane, you can feel as safe having dental x-rays as you do on any given day. We’ll explain that more later, but the fact is that these essential diagnostic tools are as important as the other components of your regular preventative dental care.

Keeping Dental X-Rays in Perspective

Developed and funded by the American College of Radiology (ACR) and the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA), the public information website RadiologyInfo™ explains,

“We are exposed to natural sources of radiation all the time. According to recent estimates, the average person in the U.S. receives an effective dose of about 3 mSv per year from natural radiation, which includes cosmic radiation from outer space.”

We only take dental x-rays once a year for most patients. They’re called bitewing x-rays, and we usually just take four shots from different angles. This exposure is extremely minimal, with just over half the average of what people in the U.S. get per day from naturally occurring background radiation.

Dental X-Rays: Keeping You Safe

Dental x-rays should be the least of your concerns. That’s because not only do they help protect you, but we go the extra mile to keep you extra safe. Here’s why:

    1. We leave nothing to chance. Even though the risks are very low, we always limit “scatter radiation” to patients and staff so that the risk is “as low as reasonably achievable” (ALARA). That comes in the form of that lead bib/apron you wear while we’re taking your x-rays. Radiation can’t get through the lead, so even that little bit isn’t reaching your vital organs.
    2. Dental x-rays allow us to catch issues that we can’t see from the outside, but which can be far more risky than the minimal radiation from the process. This includes things like tooth decay, bone loss, cavities, adult teeth trapped behind baby teeth, and tumors. Skipping x-rays means the problems can progress to a point where the health risks, costs, and pain become much worse than they needed to be. As we already mentioned, x-ray related risk is as minimal as a sunny day. 

Schedule Your Appointment to Keep Up With Your Preventative Dental Care

To schedule your visit now, fill out this form, or call our office at 815-886-0875.

 

Testimonials

 

Selena Nunez
Selena Nunez
October 22, 2022.

Hands down the best dental office to receive your dental and cosmetic needs. The staff is always very friendly and welcoming. It’s also so nice knowing that they have 3 amazing doctors on staff who know their craft. No matter which provider you see, you just know you’re in great hands. My last visit was with Dr. Sheikh for Botox. She’s very thorough and has a keen eye for detail. I’m two weeks out from my Botox treatment and let me just say, my skin has never felt so smooth or looked as radiant as it does now. Always a pleasure visiting Dr. Sheikh!

Victoria esposito
Victoria esposito
October 2, 2022.

Please look no further! This entire office has their act together. I’ve been seeing Dr Sheikh and she is so patient and gentle.She is also a perfectionist and listens to your concerns and delivers options. I’ve also seen Dr Nina and Dr Patel and certainly no complaints with either of them. I’ve had 3 crowns and numerous fillings and no problems with any of the work. Thanks for building my complete confidence!

Nancy Sauer
Nancy Sauer
September 29, 2022.

Today I had a great visit at Romeoville Dental! Anna and Jaime are wonderful, and so is Dr. Nina. The desk staff are very welcoming. It's always so enjoyable to come here.

Daniel Gonzalez
Daniel Gonzalez
September 28, 2022.

Excelente servicio

Neshelle Baker
Neshelle Baker
September 25, 2022.

I love Romeoville Dental Center! I’ve been here about 4 times and had a different hygienist and dentist each time. The entire team is amazing, every single person has always been caring, gentle and friendly. I highly recommend.

Gianna Munoz
Gianna Munoz
September 24, 2022.

By far the best dentist office I’ve been to. I love the patient care and the whole staff.

Phyllis Lanphear
Phyllis Lanphear
September 24, 2022.

The office staff and dentists are just awesome!! They take time to talk with you and make you feel so comfortable.