Dental X-ray exams are safe. The very low levels of radiation exposure with dental x-rays makes the risk of potentially harmful effects very small. Digital radiography generates an even lower amount of radiation…less than a third of that generated for conventional film radiographs. Even with digital radiography, a leaded apron which minimizes exposure to the abdomen and a leaded thyroid collar which protects the thyroid from radiation are used.
Dental x-rays are generally abstained from during pregnancy, but in an emergency, using two leaded aprons, an x-ray can be taken safely.
In general, the risk of not being able to detect unseen dental pathology by avoiding x-rays far outweighs the very low risk with dental radiographs.
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