• Lead Aprons and Thyroid Collars No Longer Needed for Dental X-rays

    Lead Aprons and Thyroid Collars No Longer Needed for Dental X-rays

    The American Dental Association recently updated its recommendations for radiography (x-ray) safety.

    The organization recommended discontinuing the use of lead abdominal aprons and thyroid collars when conducting dental x-rays, determining that these items are not necessary to shield patients from radiation exposure.

    The ADA pointed to evidence showing that modern digital x-ray equipment and restricting the beam size only to the area needed provided better protection against radiation exposure.

    The new recommendations apply to all patients, regardless of age or health status, including pregnancy.

    At Favero Family Dental, we follow all of the recommendations given to dentists to safeguard patients against unnecessary radiation exposure by:

    • Ordering radiographs like x-rays to optimize diagnostic information and enhance patient care outcomes, using images acquired at previous dental exams if applicable;


    • Using digital instead of conventional x-ray film;


    • Restricting the beam size during an x-ray exam to the area that needs to be assessed;


    • Properly positioning patients so the best image can be taken;


    • Incorporating CBCT only when lower-exposure options will not provide the necessary diagnostic information; and


    • Adhere to all applicable federal, state and local regulations on radiation safety.


    If you have any questions or concerns about dental x-rays, please do not hesitate to talk to us.


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