Radiographs (X-Rays) are a vital and necessary part of your child’s dental diagnostic process and are usually taken once a year. Without them, certain dental conditions can and will be missed. Radiographs detect much more than cavities. For example, radiographs may be needed to survey erupting teeth, diagnose bone diseases, evaluate the results of an injury, or plan orthodontic treatment. Radiographs allow the dentists to diagnose and treat health conditions that cannot be detected during a visual exam. If dental problems are found and treated early, dental care is more comfortable for your child and more affordable for you. After your child’s first visit to our office, the doctor will discuss a plan for radiographs with you.
In accordance with the AAPD the ADA, our office recommends taking radiographs based on the needs of the individual child. Some children have multiple risk factors which make them very susceptible to cavities. Therefore, these children need to be followed very closely and may need more frequent radiographs. Pediatric dentists are particularly careful to minimize the exposure of their patients to radiation. With contemporary safeguards, the amount of radiation received in a dental X-ray examination is extremely small. Dental radiographs represent a far smaller health risk than do undetected and untreated dental problems.