Taking X-rays seriously
We do believe the judicious use of dental x-rays is in our patients’ best interests. And you deserve to know why.
X-rays aren’t just another part of our office routine. We rely, first and foremost, on a clinical examination-that is, we look inside your mouth. Then we ask ourselves, what information do we expect to find with X-rays that will benefit this patient? If there is no good answer, we won’t recommend X-rays.
X-rays: What you should know
- New X-ray equipment reduces the size of the beam, and eliminates “scatter”-photons bouncing around the room.
- Fast film requires much less exposure time.
- Lead aprons are almost 100% effective against exposing other arts of your body to radiation.
- We monitor our equipment faithfully to keep timers precise, everything up to snuff.
We work with X-rays every day-they are our “eyes.” There would be a very different kind of dentistry without them.
As a consumer, you can protect yourself, too!
Feel free to ask us why you need an X-ray. Don’t insist on it just because “it’s time.” Let us know when you are having X-rays for medical reasons. If you move, or we refer you to a specialist, ask for your X-rays to be sent to your new doctor.