As many of our patients are aware, the New York times recently published an interesting article that discusses radiation concerns for children in dental offices. Since many of you have called to ask a few questions, we decided to explain our practices, position and insight into this topic.
First and foremost, we would like to say that we do not have a cone-beam CT scanner in our office. We currently use a digital x-ray machine that provides 2-D images. Our standard procedure for diagnostic records includes two digital x-rays only (a panoramic x-ray and a lateral cephalogram), both of which are part of the standard of care for diagnostics in orthodontic cases. Without these two images, we are unable to provide a diagnosis and treatment plan for our patients.
Our office is in complete compliance with all radiation monitoring standards and we continuosly strive to update our knowledge base regarding the best protocols for our patients and staff.
We encourage you to give us a call if you have any questions concerning this topic. Thank you!