X-Rays at Mt. Tabor Dental, Part II

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The technology behind dental x-rays has improved dramatically in the over 100 years since x-radiation was discovered.

While dental x-rays emit only very small doses of radiation, dentists work hard to keep patients safe from the harmful effects of radiation.  This is done primarily by reducing the dose using specially-calibrated machinery, regularly checked for safety and accuracy every two years as mandated by federal law.  The machine manipulates and eventually emits the x-rays through a very small opening at the end of the tube.  Film holders have been modified and lead shields are routinely placed over patients to help prevent scatter radiation, which is virtually absent in modern machines.

One of the most significant breakthroughs in contemporary dental radiography is the use of Digital X-Rays. Specifically, Dr. Beck uses electronic sensors, which allow the radiographic image to appear on a computer screen in seconds. This results in a faster diagnosis and appointment, and you can see the results right in front of you.  The most important safety benefit is a greatly reduced radiation exposure for our patients. Digital x-ray technology also benefits the environment, since the digital sensor requires less than half of the energy needed for a paper film. In addition, no developing chemicals are required for developing purposes that later need to be disposed.

Dr. Beck will make recommendations on how often you need dental x-rays. This depends on a number of factors, including your risk of getting cavities, your diet, medications you may be taking, and whether or not you have gum disease.

Mt Tabor Dental uses only the latest and most reliable technologies available to diagnose and treat any dental problems you may have.  Please ask Dr. Beck or one of the friendly staff at Mt. Tabor Dental if you have any questions about dental X-rays.

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