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Posted by: Katerine  (7 years ago)
Dear dentists, I have a question. Is the new digital X-rays safe enough to do without protection for the neck? My dentist never using it and I think he gets now annoyed when I ask for it. He told me 100 times that its safe because its digital xray and the dose is tiny, but I am still worried about thyroid gland cancer.P.S. I can't change a dentist as he is now doing my implant and we are in the middle of process now. Will really appreciate if you reply.
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Dear dentists, I have a question. Is the new digital X-rays safe enough to do without protection for the neck? My dentist never using it and I think he gets now annoyed when I ask for it. He told me 100 times that its safe because its digital xray and the dose is tiny, but I am still worried about thyroid gland cancer.P.S. I can't change a dentist as he is now doing my implant and we are in the middle of process now. Will really appreciate if you reply.

First of all, the radiation difference between intraoral digital sensors and modern F speed film is trivial.

Second of all, a lead apron is of minimal benefit, and x-rays cannot turn corners and go everywhere.

There is value to thyroid shielding, but you have to compare the trivial amount of radiation via dental x-rays to more significant amounts from sources such as jet travel. I would not worry about it personally, but it you ask him nicely, I am sure he will consent to shield your thyroid.

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