Renaissance Family Dentistry
Suman Vidyarthi, DDS & Nanditha Vivekananthan, DDS

Are dental x-rays safe?

At Renaissance Family Dentistry, our highest priorities are your safety and comfort. Dental x-rays are invaluable because they tell us the story of what’s happening inside your teeth and under your gums. These areas are where many dental problems start to develop, and we need an x-ray to detect them. 

But our dentists know that unnecessary radiation exposure is a concern for everyone, so we use state-of-the-art digital x-rays. Utilizing digital x-rays, we can reduce your exposure by as much as 80 percent. 

Instead of processing x-ray film, digital sensors allow us to see your results in moments on your chairside monitor. With no uncomfortable edges to poke into your cheeks, the sensors are far more comfortable than film, and we need less radiation to produce high-resolution images.

Digital x-rays have also opened up the door for improved patient involvement and education. Since we project the images on your chairside monitor, Dr. Suman and Dr. Vivek use them to point out areas of concern like cavities or gum infections. Seeing is believing, and when you can visualize the problem, you can better understand why we recommend treatment. 

Part of providing general dentistry for our Durham patients is helping them understand why we recommend the procedures we do. If you ever have a question about the need for dental x-rays, please let our dentists know. They will be happy to explain why we recommend it and what we hope to learn.

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