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The Remarkable Safety of Digital X-Rays Marietta, GA

The Remarkable Safety of Digital X-Rays

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Many patients raise concerns about the safety of dental x-rays. The truth is, you’re getting more radiation while reading this blog post than you get during a dental x-ray! Our daily lives involve considerable amounts of radiation exposure, from driving your car or cooking to just walking around the block.

To further put your mind at ease about the safety of dental x-rays, you’ll be pleased to know that modern imaging bears little resemblance to traditional x-ray methods. Today, digital imaging can be found in nearly all dental offices. This means that instead of clunky conventional x-ray film, your x-rays will be completely digital.

Not only is digital imaging more comfortable, it also produces a fraction of the radiation amounts that x-rays did twenty years ago. Digital x-rays can capture a very precise area of the mouth and can be taken in a matter of seconds, which reduces your risk even further. But that’s not all. Most dentists also use a leaded apron and thyroid collar when taking your dental x-ray, making safety concerns nearly non-existent.

Radiation doses are measured on a millisievert (mSv) scale. An average bitewing x-ray measures about 0.038 and a full mouth x-ray reaches about 0.150. To put this in perspective, naturally occurring radiation from space emits about three and a half times that amount! Modern digital x-rays are so safe that The American Dental Association (ADA) says that x-rays do not need to be delayed or avoided even if you are trying to become pregnant or are breastfeeding.

Although we’ve probably squelched any idea that your dental x-rays are a safety threat, we want to remind you of the importance of dental imaging. In terms of dental care, x-rays are the foundation of prevention and diagnosis. They allow us to see what is going on below the gum line and view problems that are too small for the naked eye to detect. X-rays are what makes it possible to catch dental problems at their earliest, most treatable stage. Without them, you could end up in significant pain and/or need costlier dental work.

If you have any lingering anxieties about dental x-rays, please discuss them with us. At Gilreath Family Dentistry, we offer state-of-the-art dental treatments with respect to your comfort and safety at all times.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Paul Gilreath IV, Gilreath Family Dentistry

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Gilreath Family Dentistry

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Based on 307 reviews


Dr. Gilreath is incredible with my kids. They love going to the dentist now! And this busy mom loves the warm neck wraps, the soft music and enjoying a latte while I relax!

Kenneth H.

Was lucky enough to find these guys when I got insurance that my old dentist did not take. Very professional and friendly staff! Office has the latest greatest technology as well. If you're looking for a new dentist, search no further!

Susie L.

Very personable and friendly, they took the time to go over my complex dental history and did not pressure me into anything. They gave their recommendations and priced out any options I had. Great group!

Camille Y.

Dr. Gilreath and his staff are top notch. I received the best cleaning I've ever had while watching my favorite show. The Doctor and his staff were all very polite, friendly, and courteous. They explained everything to me clearly and presented me with options in a gentle way that didn't make me feel pressured at all. It's obvious they really care about the wellbeing of their patients. The facility and equipment is really nice as well. I will definitely be back!

Juan R.

Always willing to work around my kids and my schedules. Today I had a long appointment. They started on time and always made sure I was comfortable and that the pain was managed so the procedure could’ve been completed without issues. Very courteous and professional staff.

Lucia B.

Awesome dental practice! The staff is friendly and efficient. Dr. Gilreath is thorough and versed in the latest technology and procedures. I love that he can make crowns in the office while you wait (so no walking around with a temporary crown for days or weeks). I would strongly recommend this dental practice!

Matthew W.

I've been going here for about a little over a year now. I've had a few cleanings, a filling, and started Invisiline so far. Hands down, the best run dental office I've ever been to. In the past at other dental offices I often had to wait 30 or more minutes beyond my appointment time before being seen. At Dr. Gilreath's office I've been seen on time every time. They seem to have systems in place to make every part of your visit run smoothly. From how they took x-rays, to billing and appointments, to the work done by the hygienist/dentist, everything seems to run like a well oiled machine. On top of that all the staff are all friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. The office space itself is also quite nice. Very clean, well maintained, and seems very "up to date" with their equipment. If you're looking for a dentist and are anywhere in the northwest metro area I would highly recommend Dr. Gilreath.

Jhion R.

The staff is always so courteous and personable. They make us feel like family every time we have an appointment. Service is excellent, too. My wife recently went for a cleaning and Dr. Gilreath noticed a chip in one of her fillings. He knew we recently had another baby and that her time was very limited so he went ahead and did the filling right then and there, an extra thirty minutes tops. Dr. Gilreath is always looking at the big picture and really knows his stuff. We will never go anywhere else

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