With exposure to any radiation there is always inherent risk. However, it is important to understand the dosage of radiation received at the dental office is extremely low.
There are various radiation sources in our environment that each of us are exposed to every day such as naturally occurring radiation in our soil, natural radiation gases, cosmic radiation, and various man made radiation sources.
The average person is exposed to 3600 µSv (microsieverts) of environmental radiation per year which is practically negligible. The amount of radiation received at the dentist office for a full set of X-ray (18 X-rays every 3-4 yrs) is 35 µSv and checkup exams (6 X-rays 1/yr) is 12 µSv with conventional film X-rays.
The newer digital sensor systems like the one at Citrus View Dental uses 50-75% less radiation than conventional film X-rays. There is more radiation exposure on a flight from LA to New York than at your yearly set of X-rays from the dentist. So the risk of dental X-ray radiation is very low and far out-weighed by the risk of an undiagnosed infection or pathology that could be found with dental X-rays.
At Citrus View Dental we do our part to make sure that our patients are exposed to as little radiation as possible by only taking the ADA recommended amount of X-rays and using newer systems like the Nomad and digital X-ray sensors to decrease the dosage. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to call our office.