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Pediatric Dental radiographs (x-rays)

Radiographs (x-rays) are an important and necessary part of your child’s dental diagnostic process. Without x-rays certain dental conditions will be missed. X-rays can detect much more than cavities. X-rays are often needed to discover erupting teeth, diagnose bone diseases, evaluate injuries and/or plan orthodontic treatment if necessary.

Radiographs also allow dentists to diagnose and treat health conditions that cannot be detected during a clinical exam. If dental problems are found and treated early, dental care is more comfortable for your child and more affordable for you creating a better experience for everyone.

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends x-rays and dental exams every six months for children with a high risk of tooth decay. On average, most pediatric dentists request x-rays once.  Furthermore, every 3 years, it is a good idea to obtain a panoramic x-ray to view developing teeth and bones.

We are always particularly careful to minimize the exposure of our patients to radiation. However, with modern technology and safeguards, you can rest assured that the amount of radiation received in a dental radiograph/examination is minimal. The risk of dental x-rays are negligible, and often represent a far smaller risk than an undetected and untreated dental problem. We utilize lead body aprons to help 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.

Dental Radiographs (X-rays)