Digital Radiographs, (X-Rays) are a vital and necessary part of your child’s dental diagnostic process. Without them, certain dental conditions can and will be missed.
Radiographs detect much more than cavities. They assist in evaluating the eruption of teeth, diagnosis of bone diseases, aid in the assessment of an injury, or plan orthodontic treatment. Radiographs allow dentists to diagnose and treat health conditions that cannot be detected during a clinical examination. If dental problems are found and treated early, dental care is more comfortable for your child and more affordable for you.
At “The Brush Stop”, we are particularly careful to minimize the exposure of our patients to radiation, by utilizing the most advanced, digital x-rays units that emit the lowest possible amount of radiation in the industry. With contemporary safeguards, the amount of radiation received in a dental X-ray examination is negligible. In fact, the dental radiographs represent a far smaller risk than an undetected and untreated dental problem. Lead body aprons and shields will protect your child. Today’s equipment filters out unnecessary x-rays and restricts the x-ray beam to the area of interest. High-speed film and proper shielding assure that your child receives a minimal amount of radiation exposure.
Cavities are just one of the many issues that are often uncovered by radiographs. The eruption pathway of permanent teeth, the bone level, and the evaluation of trauma or pathology are just a few examples of what can be missed without proper radiographs. X-rays allow dentists to diagnose and treat health conditions that cannot be detected during a visual examination. If such dental issues are found and treated early, dental care is more comfortable for your child and more affordable for you.
The frequency of dental x-rays varies from child to child, however those with a high risk of tooth decay will typically require dental x rays every six months to a year.