We always use digital radiographs and X-rays. This digital technology not only allows us to have more information for diagnostic needs, but our patients are exposed to 90 percent less radiation than traditional X-rays. We can quickly and easily compare your most recent images to those taken months or years ago to spot changes in your dental health. The table below compares dental radiographs and x-rays to those used in other medical treatments. The average person in the U.S. is exposed to about 360 mrem per year just from background sources. Background radiation comes from outer space, the earth, natural materials (including natural foods), and even other people.
It would take twenty full series of radiographs and X-rays to equal the amount of radiation the average citizen picks up from background sources each year. And since Dr. Harvey uses digital X-rays, as opposed to traditional ones, the amount of radiation exposure is even less. In fact, the benefits of taking X-rays outweigh the potential drawbacks because this tool lets our dentist examine your mouth for dental problems. When we find these problems while they are still small and easy to treat, then we can prevent you from needing invasive, expensive dental procedures in the future. Contact our team at Don Harvey Dental if you would like to learn more about the benefits of our digital X-rays in Alpharetta, Georgia.