Pediatric Dental X-rays are highly valuable and frequently used diagnostic tools to determine if there is damage or underlying disease impacting a child’s oral health.
When Are Dental X-Rays Done?
The American Dental Association (ADA) created a set list of recommendations on the use of pediatric dental X-rays on children; however, in most instances, the pediatric dentist is able to utilize their professional judgment in determining the most appropriate times for the use of this diagnostic tool.
Despite performing oral examinations, there are several locations within the mouth and surrounding areas that cannot be viewed. Examples of these regions include inside of each of the teeth, as well as the area underneath the gum.
Most practitioners require dental X-rays at a child’s cleaning appointments every year. The following may also deem the need for X-rays:
- If a cavity is found in the mouth or suspected
- If a child has had endodontic dental treatments
- If a trauma has occurred
- If an issue with the bone is suspected
- To search for teeth that have not yet erupted within the mouth
- To determine if the teeth are aligned properly, missing, or impacted
- If gum disease is suspected
Are Dental X-Rays Safe for My Child?
X-rays are known to expose us to radiation; however, that amount is exceptionally small.
Focused X-ray technology only takes images of the areas of concern. Also, many types of protective equipment are utilized to further protect your child.
Examples include body aprons that block exposure to the body, as well as safety shields.
If a child has not suffered a trauma, does not have extenuating circumstances, and is at a low risk for developing caries, they will not be required to have X-rays done as frequently.
This further prevents exposure to the small traces of radiation that occur with dental X-rays.
What Types of X-Rays Are Done at a Pediatric Dentist Office?
The type of dental X-ray your child’s dentist chooses is based on what, exactly, they are looking for or are planning – in terms of treatment. The following outlines the most common types available:
- Cone Beam Computerized Tomography
If your child’s dentist states that they require pediatric dental X-rays, you have every right to ask about the type of X-ray to be used and why the professional deems the imaging necessary to your child’s oral health.
We Can Help
If your child needs pediatric dentistry care, we here at Richmond Pediatric Dentistry welcome you. Our priority is your child’s oral health and general health. We specialize in a broad range of services, including regular professional cleanings, oral examinations, and dental X-rays. Our staff is trained to appeal to children and to optimize their comfort level in the dental setting.