Radiographs (x-rays) are vital to ensure a thorough dental examination for your child.
Radiographs are used to detect cavities, evaluate the eruption of teeth, evaluate teeth and the supporting bone following trauma, plan for orthodontic treatment, and detect any disease of the bone. Without the use of x-rays many dental conditions are not visible until they become a more serious problem.
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends children receive radiographs every 6-12 months depending on their risk for cavities. As your child’s permanent teeth begin to erupt a larger, panoramic radiograph is recommended. This allows your dentist to evaluate all existing and developing teeth, bone, and other orofacial structures.
Pediatric dentists take every precaution possible to minimize radiation exposure for patients and employees. Our office is pleased to offer digital radiographs which lower the radiation exposure for your child compared to conventional radiographs. This coupled with the use of a lead apron and collar exposes your child to minimal radiation.