If you are concerned about exposure to radiation from dental x-rays, you should know that a routine exam, which includes four bitewing x-rays, is equivalent to less than one day of natural background radiation or a short plane trip (1-2 hours). By properly shielding patients’ bodies while taking x-rays, the radiation exposure is even lower. New patients are encouraged to get posterior “bitewings,” which include molars and premolars, plus more extensive x-rays, such as panoramic (which create a single image of the entire mouth including upper and lower jaws) or periapical (which highlight two to three teeth at a time, from root to crown). After that, patients at low risk for decay can get bitewings every 24 to 36 months.
Our highly-skilled and trained professionals are more than willing to answer any questions you may have about exposure to radiation. To schedule an appointment, please call the office of PAUL E. NELSON, D.D.S. at 714.992.0092. We’re located at 100 N. State College Blvd., Suite 1, where comfort, care, and convenience make the difference. Our professional dental team would be pleased to have you as a patient.
P.S. Digital x-rays involve even (significantly) less radiation exposure than film x-rays.