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Drs. Smith and Domingue
200 Beaullieu Drive Bldg. 2 Lafayette, LA 70508

Is dental imaging safe?

Dental imaging has always been one of the lowest radiation emitting styles of x-rays in the medical world. Additionally, not all of the imaging we do is x-ray based. We also use photography for diagnosis and photography does not have a radiation risk.

Benefits of Digital X-Rays in Lafayette 

When dentistry began the big switch over from traditional to digital dental x-rays, one of the greatest benefits was the lower radiation. The images also provided unprecedented clarity and sharpness. With digital imaging, our dentists can manipulate your dental x-rays, increasing the contrast and changing colors in order to make certain dental conditions easier to diagnose.

In many cases, you receive a bigger dose of radiation from space by walking outside than you do from regular digital dental x-rays. When we set the machines to take pictures, we use the lowest radiation setting possible in order to still create an accurate image.

We also only take the x-rays needed for diagnosis. Typically, that means once a year unless you experience a problem.

While it seems like we take a lot more pictures than in the old days, know that our methods of diagnosis are paying off. People are keeping their teeth longer than ever, as dentistry has become a profession of prevention.

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In response to the ADA and CDA recommendations regarding the COVID-19 virus, our office will be temporarily closed. Our staff will continue to respond to calls and emails during this time. Patients with a dental emergency will still be provided with care as needed. New and existing patients are also welcome to call or email to schedule appointments for when we return. Thank you for your understanding!