At Berkeley Orthodontics, we take digital X-rays in our offices instead of sending our patients to an outside imaging center. Not only is this more convenient for our patients, the quality control is better. We generally require X-rays of the teeth and surrounding structures at the beginning, middle, and end of treatment.
Is It Safe To Get X-Rays?
Radiation safety has evolved a great deal in the past two decades. Today, radiation exposure from orthodontic and dental X-rays is very low, especially with the change to digital radiography as opposed to the older film approach. However, we are still very careful and judicious in our use of X-rays.
We use a leaded apron designed to prevent radiation exposure to the reproductive organs of the patient. However, even without the apron, the techniques and equipment we use do not allow radiation to reach these organs. Whether or not it is technically needed, we, and most dentists, use the lead apron as an X-ray proof shield.
Some cases may benefit from 3D imaging of the dental and facial structures. The Cone Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT) allows us to see structures in three dimensions and get unobstructed views of the jaw joints and impacted or un-erupted teeth. We may recommend CBCT images in cases that we feel the conventional 2D digital images do not provide the information that we require for proper diagnosis.
We are concerned about radiation safety for every patient and staff member, which is why we use the latest methods and technology. If you have any further concerns, please do not hesitate to ask one of the doctors.