Benefits of X-Rays
X-rays are an important part of the pre-assessment process for all dental procedures. They allow our team to confidently diagnose cavities. Today, x-rays are much more accurate than those of the past, so tooth decay and periodontal bone loss are easier to assess and diagnose. Today’s digital x-rays also do not expose children to high levels of radiation in the process. In fact, digital x-rays produce 99% less radiation than traditional x-rays!
How are X-Rays Taken?
While older children can sit by themselves in a chair during the x-ray process, younger children can be placed in their parent’s lap. Everyone in the x-ray room will need to be protected by wearing a lead apron. During this process, your child will have to bite on a bite stick that has the x-ray attached to it and then hold still for a couple of seconds. The parent or x-ray technician can also help with this process by holding the bite stick still.
Why are X-Rays needed?
While a visual inspection of the teeth can identify decay on the surface, taking an x-ray is the only way to detect deeper cavities or cavities located in between the teeth. An x-ray can also tell us how much the decay has spread within the tooth, allowing us to choose the right treatment option.
If you believe your child may have a cavity, or if your child is due for a check-up, contact our office today to schedule an appointment.
Dr. Michelle Anderson is a pediatric dentist board certified by the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry.