Dental Radiograph (X-rays) Use
Dental radiographs (X-rays) detect much more than cavities. They may be taken to survey erupting teeth, diagnose bone disease, evaluate the results of an injury, or plan orthodontic treatment. Radiographs (X-rays) allow dentists to diagnose and treat conditions that cannot be detected during a clinical examination.
In general, children need radiographs (X-rays) more often than adults. Their mouths grow and change rapidly. Their teeth are more susceptible to tooth decay than adults. For high caries risk patients, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends radiographs (X-rays) every six months to one year. Children with a low risk of tooth decay may require radiographs (X-rays) less frequently.
How safe are Dental Radiographs (X-rays)?
Pediatric dentists are particularly careful to minimize the exposure of child patients to radiation. With contemporary safeguards, like lead aprons, high speed film, digital radiographs, and thyroid collars, the amount of radiation received in a dental radiograph (X-ray) is extremely low. In fact, radiographs (X-rays) represent a far smaller risk than undetected and untreated dental problems.
Will Radiographs (X-rays) be taken routinely?
Radiographs (X-rays) are recommended only when necessary to evaluate and monitor your child’s oral health. The frequency of radiographs (X-rays) is prescribed by your pediatric dentist and based on your child’s individual needs. We follow the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry’s guidelines based on your child’s caries risk assessment when taking cavity detecting radiographs (X-rays) at your child’s hygiene appointment.