Dental X-rays do involve radiation but the exposure levels are so low that they’re considered safe for children and adults. American College of Radiology reports that all the x-rays a patient would get only sends about .005 millisieverts of radiation to the body. That’s about what you get from being out in the sun just in one day.
The amount of radiation dental x-rays give patients is so minimal, you don’t have to be concerned. Digital x-rays, which Li’l Sunshine Smiles uses, are even lower than traditional dental x-rays. This means your risks from radiation exposure are even lower.
One of the great advantages of digital dental x-rays is that they take multiple intra-oral x-rays in minimal time with far less radiation exposure than conventional radiography. (Digital x-rays have up to 85 percent less radiation exposure to be exact.)
Conventional radiography systems are unable to provide you with these results. With conventional x-rays, patients are limited to a fixed number of images per radiography session while being exposed to more radiation.
Radiation exposure is low with dental x-rays. Li’l Sunshine Smiles takes care to make sure that none of our patients receive more exposure to radiation than absolutely necessary during an office visit.
Protective lead aprons and thyroid collars are used ( especially for pregnant women) or women of childbearing years and children.
When it comes to the benefits of digital dental x-rays vs. traditional x-rays, the list is long. Your Dentistry Guide sums them up nicely below: