Radiation is all around us.
Electromagnetic radiation (such as radio waves, microwaves, infrared, visible light, ultraviolet and x-rays) has been known since the early 19th century and can be very helpful in everyday activities. In medicine and in other places (f.e. airports) it is common to use X-rays to see not only visible but also hidden structures.
Too much radiation exposure over a longer amount of time can definitely have an impact on health.
You should not be afraid of X-rays anymore
However, nowadays X-ray machines are extremely fast and the radiation is microscopic. Without X-ray images, even the best dentist can only guess what is happening in deeper tissues of your mouth.
About 50% of our teeth are covered by gums and bone. That means X-ray images are important in dentistry. Because nobody has X-ray vision, except for superheroes in movies 🙂
Did you know?
Radiophobia is a fear of ionizing radiation.
Dental x-rays are necessary:
- to give you the most accurate treatment plan – diagnostics purposes;
- for successful treatment of cavities, dental roots canals etc;
- in dental surgery, (dental implants treatment, dental crowns treatment);
- for orthodontic treatment and other
The biological effects of radiation on the body are described by a measurement called a millisievert – mSv.
There is so little radiation with dental X-ray scans that you would have to get over 5,000 scans in one year to equal the amount of radiation that you are naturally exposed to during your life.