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Are dental x-rays safe?

Dental x-rays are essential to Dr. Kim’s diagnosis and evaluation of your teeth as they allow us to see what’s happening on the inside. Traditional x-rays used film to record tooth images. While this technology creates accurate views of your teeth, any x-ray technology uses radiation, which has certain risks.

The American Dental Association reports that even traditional dental radiography exposes you to low radiation levels. But digital x-rays use much less radiation to create images. For example, studies report that digital dental x-rays in Foothill Ranch expose you to 80 percent less radiation than film x-rays.

Benefits of Digital Dental X-Rays

Digital x-rays have numerous other advantages over film. First, they make it easier to share images because they are not stored on film. The imagery can be reviewed conveniently and stored indefinitely. Finally, because we don’t process film, your digital x-ray is better for the environment – no processing chemicals or single-use images.

Digital x-rays are also more accurate; Dr. Kim can rotate the image, zoom in, and allow you to view what we see and understand what it means. Finally, taking a digital x-ray eliminates the bulky and uncomfortable bite wings that film x-rays require. The smaller sensors we use are comfortable and result in excellent imagery, meaning less repeat exposure to radiation. Digital x-rays are safe and convenient.

Book a Dental Appointment in Foothill Ranch

If you would like to learn more about the technology at Healthy Living Dentistry, or are ready to schedule an appointment with Dr. Roy Kim, DDS, contact our Foothill Ranch dentist office today! 

Our dentist office serves patients near Foothill Ranch, Lake Forest, Rancho Santo Margarita, Laguna Woods, and surrounding Irving communities. 

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