Dental X-rays can provide your child with the advanced diagnostic care they need to maintain good oral health. Radiographs are essential to achieving comprehensive dental care. By taking X-ray images of your child’s mouth, our dentists can locate cavities and other problems before they become serious. Dental X-rays also allow our dentists to evaluate and monitor your child’s tooth, gum, and bone health, something that cannot be as easily seen with the unaided eye.
When your child has X-rays taken, one of our dental professionals will cover your child with a lead apron to prevent exposing the rest their body to radiation. There are five types of X-rays that may be used for your child’s X-rays, depending on your child’s dental needs and our dentists’ goals:
- Bitewing: used to view between the teeth, which cannot be viewed directly, and can reveal forming cavities. This type of X-ray is only needed after the back teeth begin to touch.
- Periapical: used to view crowns and roots of one to three teeth that are next to each other, as well as the supporting bone. This X-ray allows our dentist to view and monitor how your child’s permanent teeth are growing.
- Panoramic: used to view all teeth, the upper and lower jaws, and the sinuses in one film. This type of X-ray is most often used when a child has suffered facial trauma or is otherwise disabled. This does not require the child to hold film in their mouth, but they must remain still of 12 to 18 seconds.
- Occlusal: used to view both the lower and upper teeth in one film. This can be used if a panoramic X-ray is not available, or if your child has difficulty holding the film in their mouth.
- Orthodontic X-rays: shows the entire head from the side. This allows our dentists to evaluate your child’s bite and jaw growth, and to diagnose and treat potential problems.
Dental X-rays are completely painless and are typically repeated once a year during your child’s regular visits. If our dentist and team feel a need to take more X-rays to evaluate and diagnose your child’s oral health, we will discuss concerns and treatment plans with you. If you would like to learn more about dental X-rays, we invite you to contact our office today and visit with our dentist.