What are Dental X-rays?
A dental x-ray allows us to see below the surface of your child’s smile. X-rays are safe and use a minimal amount of radiation to produce a highly-detailed image. Your child may need x-rays prior to oral surgery, before or during orthodontic treatment or just when they come in for a checkup visit. You can feel confident in knowing that we use the latest technology available when taking your child’s dental x-rays.
Why might Dental X-rays be needed?
There are many reasons why your child may need a dental x-ray. We typically take these images when they come in for routine checkups, or if they are a new patient in the office. If your child comes in for an emergency, we will often take x-rays to help in further identifying the problem. X-rays are almost always needed prior to oral surgery and orthodontic treatment.
Who is a candidate for Dental X-rays?
Most kids are good candidates for dental x-rays. Because the technology we use utilizes the most minimal amount of radiation needed, the process is safe, quick and easy. We will review your child’s health and medical history before any type of x-ray is needed. It is important to let us know if your child is unable to undergo radiation because of some other type of medical condition.
What happens during the Dental X-ray process?
The x-ray process involves placing a small lead apron over your child’s body. The x-ray appliance is then positioned inside their mouth. The machine itself is aimed directly at this appliance and the x-ray is taken. The process is then repeated until all the x-rays that are necessary are taken. We will immediately review these x-rays to help create a uniquely personal treatment plan that is right for your child. X-rays are safe, effective and often a necessary part of your child receiving comprehensive dental care.
If you would like to come into the office to have new x-rays taken on your child, call us today to schedule a convenient appointment.