X-RAYS

Radiographs are a vital and necessary part of your child’s dental diagnostic process. Without them, certain dental conditions can and will be missed. X-Rays detect much more than cavities. For example, radiographs may be needed to survey erupting teeth, diagnose bone diseases, evaluate the results of an injury, or plan orthodontic treatment. Radiographs allow dentists to diagnose and treat health conditions that cannot be detected during a clinical (visual) examination. If dental problems are found and treated early, dental care is more comfortable for your child and more affordable for you.

AT WHAT AGE?

In our office we recommend the first radiographs (4) at about 4 1/2 years of age, depending on what we discover in our initial examination of your child. Follow-up radiographs are recommended at 6 to 18 month intervals depending on decay or growth issues that we are monitoring, presence of fluoride in the child’s water supply, and home brushing and flossing. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends radiographs and examinations every 6 months for children with a high risk for tooth decay.

Pediatric dentists are particularly careful to minimize the exposure of their patients to radiation. With contemporary safeguards, the amount of radiation received in a dental X-ray examination is extremely small. The risk is negligible. In fact, the dental radiographs represent a far smaller risk than an undetected and untreated dental problem. Lead body aprons and shields will protect your child. Today’s equipment filters out unnecessary x-rays and restricts the x-ray beam to the area of interest. High-speed film and proper shielding assure that your child receives a minimal amount of radiation exposure. We also have a digital panoramic x-ray machine.