The word “radiation” inspires fear. Whether people worry about nuclear power plants breaking down or cancer or radiation sickness, they know that x-rays use radiation and they naturally worry about side effects. As your Carmichael dentists, we don’t want you to be afraid of dental x-rays. It is extremely uncommon for dental x-rays to cause any complications. To the contrary, the x-rays we provide serve to help us recognize the early signs of disease, decay and oral disorders. X-ray images help us make good decisions every day for our Carmichael patients at the Marconi Dental Group.

The Facts About Dental X-Rays

These are the facts about dental x-rays:

  • They feature the lowest radiation dose compared to other medical x-rays. The American Dental Association (ADA) states that “dental x-rays contribute approximately one percent of the total dose of exposure in health care settings.”
  • Ordinary background radiation or the amount of radiation received in a typical airline flight are both greater than your typical dental x-ray.
  • In our experience, decision-making is easier and improved when both the dentist and the patient can see and discuss the results of dental x-rays.

In addition, the Marconi Dental Group wants to make dental x-rays as safe as possible. We follow all of the procedures recommended by the ADA, including lead protective gear for patients and protocols that limit the already tiny doses used to make the images. Plus, modern digital x-ray systems use far less radiation than older film-based x-ray images. That means the new equipment is even safer and more effective.

What About Those Internet Reports?

Still, various media outlets write “scare stories” about x-rays and point to certain studies that indicate a slightly increased risk for certain types of cancer from dental x-rays. Here are some things to think about regarding these studies:

1. The participants had to self-report about their x-ray procedures. Imagine if someone asked you how often you visited the dentist forty years ago and how many x-rays you received. What sort of answer would you give? Most of these studies relied on this type of data collection. When actual dental files are compared with patient recall, most people overstate the number of x-rays or procedures they have received.

2. Negative x-ray studies often include the risk from obsolete x-ray technology. One study even concluded: “Exposure to some dental x-rays performed in the past, when radiation exposure was greater than in the current era, appears to be associated with an increased risk of intracranial meningioma.” (Italics ours) We believe these studies have little benefit for the dental patient. It would be similar to comparing automobile safety forty years ago with automobile safety today. Older cars would certainly be considered “more dangerous.” How does the media cover such a report? The various media outlets don’t say: “Report Says Old Cars are Dangerous!” They declare: “Report States Cars are Dangerous!”

Such studies do remind dentists of the need for caution and continual improvement in x-ray techniques. They do not provide a snapshot of current dental x-ray practice and the excellent safety record of the many dental offices around the United States.

If You Still Have Concerns

The Marconi Dental Group makes good use of x-rays in our Carmichael practice. If you have concerns about your x-ray exposure, please discuss this with our dentists or staff. We are happy to provide you with more information in advance of your procedures or on the day of your visit. Making you comfortable and informed while providing quality dental care is the daily goal of the Marconi Dental Group.

 

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Dr. Fischer

Dr. Fischer comes from Sandy City Utah, where he graduated from the University of Utah with a background in Medical Biology. Dr. Fischer then was awarded his DDS degree from Loma Linda University here in California. Prior to that, Dr. Fischer worked alongside his father for several years as a design engineer at his father’s dental company. Dr. Fischer has a strong passion for dentistry, he believes in providing his patients with the most modern and up-to-date procedures, and he truly enjoys the variations of procedures he gets to perform daily.

When not practicing dentistry, he can be found spending time with his family. Dr. Fischer and his wife Brittany have twins Kaitly and Kyle, and son Johnny. Outside of his professional activities, Dr. Fischer is also a true adventurist. He has travelled to many countries and enjoys backpacking, scuba diving, para gliding, camping, and hunting just to name a few.

Dr. Huang

Dr. Y. Vinny Huang received his Degree in Dental Surgery in his hometown of Taipei, Taiwan and then went on to receive his Masters in Science and Postgraduate Certificate in Prosthodontics from the University of Iowa in Iowa City, IA.

He has been practicing dentistry since 1992 and his area of specialty is Prosthodontics, the treatment and handling of dental and facial problems. Prosthodontics involves the restoration of missing teeth and jaw structure. Dr. Y. Vinny Huang is also a Diplomate of the (ABP) American Board of Prosthodontics and an active member of the (CDA) California Dental Association and the (AAFP) American Academy of Fixed Prosthodontics, and a fellow of the (ACP) American College of Prosthodontists. He is also fluent in Mandarin!

Dr. Y. Vinny Huang was fortunate enough to find his calling at a young age. He grew up watching his grandmother struggle with her dentures on many occasions and has been determined to help others just like her ever since. He is truly passionate about his work and finds great joy in creating beautiful smiles for his patients whether it be on their own or with the help of dental implants. Dr. Y. Vinny Huang makes it his personal mission to educate his patients and community on the importance of oral health and does so with honesty, professionalism and care.

When Dr. Y. Vinny Huang isn’t practicing dentistry or assisting the community, you will find him spending time with his wife and two daughters. He also enjoys being outdoors and staying active whether it be swimming, golfing or playing tennis.

Dr. Visagé

Dr. Visagé graduated his dental degree from University of Pretoria in South Africa (1999). He practiced general dentistry in South Africa and England until 2002. He went on and completed a residency program in Periodontics and Oral Medicine, in South Africa to attain his Masters degree in 2006. He established a successful private specialist practice in Periodontics and Dental Implants. During that time he also served as secretary of the South African Society of Periodontology and still holds specialist registration with the Health Professions Council of South Africa.

 

In 2014, Dr. Visagé and his family relocated to California, and he was invited to the prestigious Program for International Dentists at University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). In 2015, he received the OKU Dental Honour Society Dr Kramer S Award from the UCSF School of Dentistry. In 2016 he received the Dental Honour Society Membership Award and also the Award for Clinical Excellence & Mentoring (UCSF).  He obtained his American Doctorate of Dental Surgery (UCSF) in 2016.

 

The most enjoyable part of his work is getting to know the patients and being able to play a role in improving oral health, which contributes to quality of life. He is truly passionate about dentistry, but strikes a balance between his professional and personal lives.  He maintains his fitness through running, biking and hiking with his family. 

Dr. Visagé and his wife Karlien, have  a  daughter and a son.  When time allows, he and his family enjoys travelling and spending time together. They travel to South Africa as often as time allows, but also enjoy road trips in the USA.