Low Dose Digital X-rays are the newest improvement is dental diagnostic imaging. Now you can have your dental x-rays done electronically, almost instantly appearing on our computer screen, with up to 80% less radiation. The benefit to our patients is that you would need eight years of these new state-of-the-art low dose digital x-rays to equal one year of the regular dental x-rays. And the x-rays are better because we can optimize the brightness and contrast, as well as enlarge them for easier viewing.
These low dose digital x-rays are just one more example of Dental Care of Stamford’s commitment to bringing the best of dentistry to our patients.
Dental x-rays are one of the most important tools we have to help people avoid serious dental problems because they let us detect problems while they are still small- before they are even visible to the naked eye – before serious conditions develop. In addition, they are also very safe for the patient.
To emphasize the safety of dental x-rays, I quote from an article by Drs. Truhlar, Morris and Ochi in the Journal of Implant Dentistry Vol 2 No. 21993.
“The calculated risk of cancer to a patient from a Panoramic x-ray or series of cavity detecting x-rays is less than one in a million. To lend perspective on the relative risk of one in a million, compare to the following activities that are estimated to have a one in a million risk of causing your death.”
(1) 20 minutes as a 60-year-old-man (natural death),
(2) 2 months in Denver (cosmic radiation),
(3) 10 miles by bicycle (accident),
(4) 300 mile by car (accident),
(5) 10 days of typical factory work (accident)
(6) 1 cigarette (chemical carcinogen), and
(7) 500 ml of wine (alcohol).
Now that you realize how safe dental x-rays are, here are 25 important reasons why you should have regular dental x-rays.