With good reason, there is a great deal of concern about radiation and x-rays. Excessive exposure over a lifetime can result in serious health problems. We've come a long way since shoe stores had x-ray machines in their stores for sizing shoes in the '50s and '60s.
At the Bangor Center for Dental Medicine we take radiation exposure seriously. Whenever possible we will use other diagnostic aids such as the laser Diagnodent probe for diagnosing tooth decay or the computerized Florida Probe for assistance in diagnosing periodontal disease. Newer diagnostic aids are continuously being developed and we continually monitor their effectiveness.
Nevertheless, x-rays or radiography remains as one of the best ways to view and document dental disease. Our philosophy is carefully aligned with the American Dental Association's recommendations for radiographic exposures. We assure you that we will recommend only essential exposures.