We welcome your concerns, encourage your questions, and strive to keep you informed about dental care. During my discussions with patients, a few have relayed their concerns about dental x-rays. Are x-rays necessary? Are they safe? I 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 to detect decay and disease 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 the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of dental problems.
Safety. Modern equipment filters out unnecessary radiation and focuses the x-ray beam to the area of interest. High-speed x-ray film or digital sensor and protective collars and aprons can further reduce a patient’s exposure. With these safeguards in place, the small amount of radiation you are exposed to from dental x-rays generally represents a much smaller risk to your health than an undetected and untreated dental problem.
I hope this information assures you that we are committed to providing competent and quality care to our patients. Please feel free to contact us at (209) 473-8884 to ask us about x-rays or any other aspect of your dental treatment. Thank you again for choosing Vincent Gotamco, DMD.