Digtial x-rays have numerous benefits over traditional film x-rays, including:
- Instant display of images on a computer
- Reduced radiation output
- Higher detail in captured images
- Lower environmental impact with the elimination of photo processing chemicals
Dental x-rays result in one of the lowest radiation doses when compared with other types of x-rays. A routine exam which includes 4 exposures is less than one day’s worth of natural background radiation. It is also about the same amount of radiation you would be exposed to during a short airplane flight (~1-2 hrs). Proper shielding is also common, which makes the potential risk even lower.
Coverage will vary from policy to policy, but most plans cover x-rays at regular intervals; usually every 1-2 years. We can confirm your plan coverage when you come in for an appointment or free consultation.