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How safe are dental x-rays if i am pregnant?

3 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Wayne Ingram
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Use Lead apron: They are safe only if a lead apron is used to cover the abdomen if you are or suspect that you might be pregnant to avoid fetal alterations during development.
Dr. J BARRY Stovall
General Practice 47 years experience
A conservative approach is to only have x-ray taken when pregnant in acute situations. Lead aprons are a must. Digital x-ray are 60% less radiation.
Aug 9, 2012
Dr. Charles Kattuah
Dentistry 24 years experience
Safe: As long as you certain guidelines are adhered to xrays during pregnancy are safe. You should be covered with a lead apron and xrays should only be taken for diagnostic purposes only. It is alright to have treatment done while pregnant and only if absolutely necessary during the third trimester.
Dr. Kim Capehart
Dentistry 21 years experience
Safe but avoid: It is safe with lead apron but a good rule is to avoid them until you have the baby for safety and avoid complications.

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