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Why do I need dental x-rays and are they safe?

Your dentist in Albuquerque needs dental x-rays to obtain valuable information about your oral health that he cannot obtain by a visual inspection alone. Digital dental x-rays help Dr. Woods identify cavities, abnormalities in tooth and bone development, bone loss from periodontal disease, infections, and some types of tumors. 

Minimal Exposure with Digital X-Rays

Our patients often ask if the radiation from dental x-rays is safe. It’s an important question, but the fact is that all of us are exposed to radiation daily from the air, sunshine, and even soil. The radiation you receive from a full mouth series of dental x-rays with modern digital radiography is approximately equal to a few days of background radiation or the excess radiation you would receive from a cross-country airplane trip.

At Blue Sky Dental, we exclusively use digital x-rays because they expose patients to about 80 percent less radiation than traditional film x-rays.

Dental X-Rays are Safe for Use during Pregnancy

Even the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists deem dental x-rays safe at any stage during pregnancy, noting that delayed treatment, including x-rays, could result in a more serious problem like an infection. 

However, we are always abundantly cautious about limiting our patients’ radiation exposure; we always supply a lead apron and limit x-rays taken to those needed for proper and safe diagnoses. 

Your Safety is Our Priority at Blue Sky Dental

The health, safety, and well-being of our valued Albuquerque patients are paramount. When we need to take a dental x-ray, we will explain why, what information we hope to obtain, and how it benefits your oral health. 

If you have any questions about the safety of dental x-rays or would like to schedule your next dental exam and cleaning, please call Blue Sky Dental.

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