Dr. Steve uses the latest advances in Dental Technology. Digital X-Rays reduce exposure up to 90% and deliver an image instantly!
How much radiation is involved with dental x-rays?
Using state of the art technology, a full set of x-rays will deliver a dose of 3 millirem of radiation. This is equal to 4 days of being outdoors. Federal and state regulations for workers whose occupation involves exposure to radiation sets 5000 millirems of radiation per year as safe.
The Center for Devices and Radiological Health of the Food and Drug Administration (www.FDA.gov), the American Dental Association (www.ADA.org), the National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements are a few of the organizations that monitor x-ray usage. Many states also have regulations regarding x-rays and x-ray equipment.
This is a set of x-rays that targets all the teeth individually. Generally, this includes 18 to 20 x-rays.
Panoramic x-rays cover the entire mouth, jaw and sinuses on a single film. This type of x-ray is most useful in the detection of many problems including abscesses and impacted teeth, but are not precise enough to detect small cavities in between teeth.