Dental Radiographs (X-rays)
Radiographs (x-rays) are a vital and necessary part of your child’s dental diagnostic process. Without them, certain dental conditions cannot be diagnosed. Radiographs detect much more than cavities.They may be needed to survey erupting teeth, diagnose bone diseases, evaluate the results of an injury, or plan orthodontic treatment.
Radiographs allow the dentist to diagnose and treat health conditions that cannot otherwise be detected during a clinical examination. If dental problems are found and treated early, dental care is more comfortable for your child and more affordable for you.
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends radiographs and examinations every six months for children with a high risk of tooth decay. On average, most pediatric dentist request radiographs be taken once a year. Approximately every 3 years, it is recommended to obtain a panoramic radiograph ( a dental x-ray that captures the entire mouth in a single image, including the teeth, upper and lower jaws, and surrounding structures and tissues).
The dose of radiation is extremely small, and all necessary precautions are taken to ensure exposure is minimal (lead apron, collar and digital imaging).