Pediatric Dental X-Rays
What is a Pediatric X-Ray?
A pediatric x-ray is smaller than an adult dental x-ray done in the office, and we begin to take annual x-rays at age 3. This makes it more comfortable for the child to have the x-ray taken and is specifically sized to be easier to place into the child’s mouth. Depending on the patient’s needs, a panoramic x-ray is a more comfortable alternative to smaller radiographs. We recommend obtaining a complete set of radiographs every 3 years. A complete set of radiographs consists of either a panoramic and bitewings or periapicals and bitewings.
Why are Pediatric Dental X-Rays needed?
Radiographs (X-Rays) are an extremely important part of your child’s dental diagnostic process. X-Rays allow us to detect certain dental conditions that might otherwise be missed. X-Rays most commonly detect cavities, however, they may also been needed to diagnose bone disease, plan orthodontic treatment, treat injuries and survey erupting teeth. By using radiographs, dental problems are detected and treated early, which makes your child’s dental care more comfortable, and makes your child’s dental care more affordable.
Are Pediatric Dental X-rays Safe?
All dental x-rays require very little radiation to be used, so your child is safe while having the radiographs taken. Likewise, there are protective measures that are taken to minimize your child’s exposure to radiation such as the use of lead aprons. Your dentist will also only order the amount of x-rays needed to reduce radiation exposure, so you can always feel confident your child is getting the best care possible even while x-rays are being taken.
What can you expect with Dental X-Rays?
Our friendly team member will drape a lead apron over your child’s thyroid and midsection. We then place a tiny, comfortable device inside of the mouth and behind several of their teeth. Our x-ray machine is then aimed at this device and the image is taken. We repeat this exact process for all other necessary x-rays. Our team of experts will then review your child’s x-rays to help in creating a unique treatment plan. We often recommend that x-rays be taken regularly and at most appointments.
If you would like to learn more about x-rays in Lincoln, NE and how they’re taken, call Dr. Scott & her friendly team today and we will be happy to further assist you.