Have you ever wondered how much radiation you receive from a dental x-ray? We’ve broken down the numbers so you can take a closer look.
There are a number of situations in which your dentist will use radiographs during patient treatment. At Pimpama Dental digital bitewing x-rays are taken for this purpose. Your dentist uses these xrays as a diagnostic tool for reasons such as:
- To check the patient’s susceptibility to decay
- To study any changes in the entire tooth, crown, root and/or the pulp chamber and root canal
- To assess the presence of infection or other problems in the mouth
- To see if the position of the teeth needs to be changed
- To assess the condition of the bone
- To assess any soft tissue pathology
- To determine the closeness of vital structures to the teeth or teeth e.g. nerves and lower wisdom teeth
As for the radiation, here’s how digital bitewing x-rays stack up against other types of x-rays and other sources of radiation.
|Dental bitewing xray (digital)||0.005|
|OPG Panoramic 13 sec||0.038|
|Dental CBCT||0.05 – 1.1|
|Flight Brisbane – Melbourne – Brisbane||0.03|
|Mammography (4 films)||0.40|
|Background radiation in Brisbane (per year)||2.20|
|Bone scan (Nuclear Medicine)||6.30|
|CT abdomen examination||8.00|
|Earliest onset of radiation sickness||750.00|
It’s safe to say, you’re going to need a lot of digital bitewing x-rays before you have anything to worry about. There’s probably no need to hold off on a return flight to Melbourne either… at least as far as radiation is concerned.
If you have any dental concerns or are in need of a check up, contact us today.