A dental x-ray can seem like a scary proposition to some. After all, nobody wants to put their head in a box-like area while lazer sensors scan their mouths. We understand that, but our cosmetic dentists also want to provide our patients with the cleanest possible bill of health. So while we will always do everything we can to ease the x-ray process for you, we also want to tell you some things that should make the process seem less scary.
First of all, x-rays emit only a tiny fraction of radiation. The average person gets more radiation from the sun walking around on a hot summer day than they do from a dental x-ray. And dentists are trained to make sure that only as much radiation as necessary--and no more--will ever be used. This is called the ALARA, or As Low As Reasonably Achievable principle.
Second, dental x-rays, in addition to helping dentists get a good look at your teeth, can pick up early signs of bone infection, decay, tumors, and some forms of oral cancer that the naked eye will miss. X-rays can be a valuable part of keeping your body healthy, and should not be taken lightly.
The dentists in our midtown Manhattan dental office know all about how to make sure your trip is as enjoyable as possible. We would never do something without explaining to you first why we are doing it. When we give our patients an x-ray, we are doing it to keep them healthy and safe. We of course understand if it makes them a little queasy. Which is why we want them to know all the facts.