In pediatric dentistry, earlier really is better. When problems are detected early, it’s possible to create a plan of action to minimize and eliminate many future dental issues. Periodic dental x-rays, or radiographs, are a particularly important tool used in pediatric dentistry. Dentists perform visual exams of the teeth, but not all structures inside the mouth can be seen. X-rays can show the position of teeth before they erupt, warning dentists of possible crowding issues. Roots and bone structure are made clear with x-rays. Dr. Kim, (aka Dr. Kim) is a pediatric dentist in New York, NY who understands that it is imperative that certain diagnoses are made early to ensure the most effective treatment plan.
Catching tooth decay before it becomes visible to the naked eye is yet another benefit of dental x-rays. Treatment becomes simpler and the risk of infection and associated pain is decreased when caught early. There are two types of radiographs in use, traditional film x-rays and digital x-rays. Traditional film x-rays are still used in many offices, but the use of digital x-rays is growing due to improved safety and flexibility.
Many factors have played into the growth of digital radiography in dental practices. It helps keep children safer in the long-run with about 70% reduction in cranial exposure to radiation. The digital image is ready for immediate viewing. Computer programs process the image for optimum clarity so retakes rarely occur. The image can be enlarged and enhanced to see hidden problems in smaller nooks and crannies in children’s mouths. Because the image is digital, it can be saved on the computer and made available to orthodontists and other medical professionals as needed.
Traditional Film X-Rays
Film x-rays are still the tool of choice in some dental practices. Many offices are equipped with more traditional technology and therefore use what is available. If the x-ray is done just right, image quality is excellent. It takes a bit longer to develop the image from the film. Since it is not possible to alter the image if it is too dark or too light, retakes may be necessary. Though the cranial radiation is significantly higher than with digital x-rays, it still falls well below safety standards established by state regulators. The benefits of detecting dental issues early in children far outweigh the risk involved with either type of dental radiography.
Dr. Kim is here to help create bright smiles in New York, NY for many years to come. The use of periodic dental x-rays is the only way to catch certain issues. Not everything going on in a child’s mouth can be seen from the outside. Viewing what is going on under the gums and between the teeth allows Dr. Kim to come up with a plan of action. The earlier a treatment regiment is started, the more positive the outcome and the brighter the smile.