Dental x-rays or radiographs are an important tool in pediatric dentistry. As the teeth and jaw mature, x-rays provide pediatric dentists with an enhanced view of a child’s oral health development and allow us to diagnose potential underlying problems. Depending on the condition of the teeth, jaws, and soft tissues of a child’s mouth, we may use x-rays to make a diagnosis and form a treatment plan.
Dental Health and Your Diet
Did you know…
that digital x-rays are safe and only emit minimal amounts of radiation? In fact, advancements in modern dentistry have made it possible to reduce the amount of radiation children are exposed to while getting dental x-rays. Digital x-rays emit 90% less radiation than traditional x-rays.
Frequently Asked Questions
Does my child need a dental x-ray?
Your child may need oral x-rays for preventative purposes. Pediatric dentists often use x-rays to gauge the development and placement of the permanent teeth. Sometimes x-rays reveal missing or extra teeth or other underlying problems undetectable by a visual exam.
Your child’s dentist may also order x-rays to:
- Check for decay
- Monitor healing and recovery following a mouth injury
- Identify an infection
- Determine whether a child will need orthodontic treatment
When should my child begin getting dental x-rays and how often will he or she need them?
Although there are no specific guidelines for getting a first x-ray, most children have had their first dental x-rays by age 5 or 6, when the permanent teeth begin to erupt. However, a dentist may request earlier x-rays if a child is at high risk of tooth decay, shows signs of decay, or signs of other complications. Dental x-rays may be ordered as frequently as twice per year or as little as once every few years.
What will my child experience while having his or her mouth x-rayed?
The x-ray process is completely painless for children. They may be seated or standing for the duration of the imaging process. The length of time required will depend on the type of x-rays taken. For more information about dental x-rays at our office, contact us to speak with a helpful staff member.