Are dental x-rays safe?
Yes, very safe!
We use digital intra-oral and panoramic radiographs (x-rays). Our digital sensors are highly sensitive which means we can obtain the same image quality with less radiation exposure when compared to traditional film.
Radiation is in the environment all around us and includes sources other than the sun. We can be exposed to radiation from the brick or concrete in our homes, the food we eat, and even certain activities such as smoking or flying. It is estimated that the average American receives about 6.2 millisieverts (mSv) of radiation exposure per year from all sources.
Dental radiographs in comparison are very low dose. One set of bitewing radiographs (four x-rays of the back teeth) is about 0.02 mSv, while a full mouth series (about 18 images) is 0.09 mSv. In simpler terms, one set of bitewing radiographs is about one day of radiation exposure, while a full mouth series is about five days of radiation exposure.