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Elkins, Arkansas
A 33-year-old female asked:

Is having an extra dental pa of area in mouth,(in addition to routine 4 bitewings), dangerous, as in could cause a brain tumor?each yr i have 5 xrays.

2 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Dentistry 40 years experience
Not dangerous: Radiographs are taken with a very low dosage. In addition, the beam is directed at your teeth, not your brain. There may be a small bit of scatter, but not enough to cause you any harm. Dental radiographs have been taken for over 150 years... you'd think that if they were dangerous we would have known by now. Just common sense.
Dr. Paul Grin
Pain Management 36 years experience
Ask your dentist: Was there something you found in your clinical exam that you feel needs to be further examined with an x-ray? How will these x-rays help guide the treatment plan you have in mind for me? X-rays may need to be taken more often in people at high risk for dental problems. Take care.

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Last updated May 23, 2015

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