X-Rays are a very integral part of your child’s dental exam. They are a very important preventative and diagnostic tool that provides your pediatric dentist with the valuable information that cannot be seen during a regular oral dental exam. Dental x-rays are used by both dentists and dental hygienists to accurately find dental abnormalities. The pediatric dentist can then provide the appropriate treatment plan(s) for what is visible on your child’s x-ray. Without x-rays, problem areas may go undetected and, this can lead to more serious, invasive treatments down the road if the problem becomes exacerbated.
Dental X-rays are done to:
• Find problems, such as tooth decay, damage to the bones supporting the teeth, and dental injuries (such as broken tooth roots). Dental X-rays are often done to find these problems early, before any symptoms are present.
• Find teeth that are not in the right place or do not break through the gum properly. Teeth that are too crowded to break through the gums are called impacted. This is common for the wisdom teeth in the later teen years.
• Find cysts, solid growths (tumors), or abscesses.
• Check for the location of permanent teeth growing in the jaw in children who still have their primary (or baby) teeth.
• Plan treatment of teeth that are not lined up straight (orthodontic treatment).
At Park View Pediatric Dentistry we use the latest digital x-ray equipment to provide state-of–the-art dental care and a more accurate diagnoses. The digital x-ray uses a digital imaging plate, not the conventional film that some offices may still use, where the child had to uncomfortably bite down on. The digital imaging plate captures and stores the digital image of the teeth on our computer. The image then can be instantly viewed and enlarged, helping our team of dentists and dental hygienists find problems or issues quicker and easier. We can then discuss this with you during the very same visit.
In general, dental x-rays produce a low level of radiation and are considered safe. Digital x-rays also reduce that radiation 80-90%, compared to the already low exposure of a traditional dental x-ray. Let’s put this in perspective. According to the American Nuclear Society, radiation is part of our natural environment. We are exposed to radiation from the earth, and even from foods we consume. The average dose per person from all sources is about 620 mrems per year (mrems or millirems is the measured unit for radiation). In our office, the digital x-rays that we take yearly only measures .5 mrems per x-ray, which is equivalent to one hour in a jet plane.
The frequency to come in for our digital dental x-rays depends on each patient’s individual dental health needs. Our team of dentists and dental hygienists will recommend the necessary x-rays based on the review of your child’s medical and dental history, dental exam, signs and symptoms, age, and special, more challenging cases.
In any case, at Park View Pediatric Dentistry, we pride ourselves in offering the latest, cutting-edge technology in pediatric dental care.
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