While dental x-rays do involve radiation, the exposed levels are very low. No single x-ray produces enough radiation exposure to harm a developing fetus, according to the American College of Radiology as well as the American Dental Association. X-rays are safe through all three trimesters. Of all types of x-rays, dental x-rays produce the lowest amount of radiation and expecting mothers should not worry if they require this diagnostic procedure during pregnancy.
Reasons for Dental X-Rays While Pregnant
We will never recommend x-rays unless we think they are necessary, and for women carrying a child we will only recommend x-rays if they are required for restorative or emergency treatment. For example, if you have a large cavity that may require root canal therapy or a tooth that has been broken in an oral injury, we will likely need to take x-rays in order to begin treatment. During your consultation, we will discuss your options and only take x-rays if you approve.
The Importance of Proper Shielding
Whether or not a patient is pregnant, our team at Carmel Mountain Ranch Dental Care will always place a lead “bib” over your chest and abdomen to prevent any unnecessary radiation exposure. This acts as a shielding barrier between you and the source of radiation, and ensures a safe x-ray experience. Lead has the unique ability to scatter x-rays and protect the body from exposure.
Have a Question? Call Us Today!
If you have any questions about dental care during pregnancy, our team would be happy to help! We offer conservative dentistry and will only suggest procedures and treatments that are necessary. Schedule a visit with us today by calling our team at (858) 487-6453. You can also stop by our practice at 12075 Carmel Mountain Rd, Suite 210, San Diego, CA 92128.