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Question:
I recently visited a new dentist's office. The dentist said I needed to have 16 different view X-rays done. They did the X-rays without an apron.

Then they had to take about 4 more for a better view, again without and apron. Should I worry about the radiation exposure? ...Visitor from CT

Answer:
The standard procedure is to use a lead apron and lead collar when taking X rays. Having said that, if digital xrays were used then the amount of radiation is very low.

It can also be said that a full mouth series is like staying out in the sun for the afternoon. I do not think you should worry about this at all but you might call the office and ask why no lead apron and collar was not used. Next time ask for one.

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