The knowledge gained from x-rays is valuable to your health. Not only do we use digital x-rays to see decay, but we are able to detect other potential problems such as abscesses, infections, and bone loss. Protective lead aprons are placed over our patients to protect other areas of your body. Exposure time is very short due to high speed film and precise timers; the amount of radiation when taking a full series of digital x-rays (18) is the equivalent of being in an airplane for 2 hours. The amount of radiation you receive during x-rays is much less than the amount determined to be hazardous. The digital dental x-rays system is more sensitive than dental x-ray film systems, so your exposure to x-rays is cut by as much as 90 percent!