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X-ray Safety

November 9, 2012

Are dental x-rays necessary? Are they safe?

We are committed to having you as a valued patient in our practice. We welcome your concerns, encourage your questions and strive to keep you informed about dental care. Through my discussions with patients, a few have relayed their concerns about dental x-rays. We would like to address some of these concerns and share this information with you.

Necessity: Dental x-rays are necessary for accurate diagnosis of many dental conditions. They allow dentists like Dr. Reese to detect decay and diseases of the mouth, bone, face and jaw that may not be visible during an oral examination. Because x-rays help us detect dental conditions early, they play an important role in diagnosis, treatment and prevention of dental problems.

Safety: Modern x-ray equipment filters out unnecessary radiation and focuses the x-ray beam to the area of interest. High-speed x-ray film and lead aprons further reduce a patient's exposure. With these safeguards, the small amount of radiation from dental x-rays generally represents much less risk than an undetected and untreated dental problem.

At Indianapolis Dentistry, we use low-radiation digital x-rays to further reduce the amount of exposure you or your child receives while at our office. I hope this information assures you that we take the best possible care of our patients. Please feel free to contact us at 317-882-0228 to ask us about x-rays or any other aspect of your dental treatment. Thank you again for choosing our dental practice!