Dental radiographs for children are considered an integral part of the comprehensive pediatric dental plan. X-rays can provide greater clarity in the departments of childhood cavities, orthodontic misalignment and bone diseases. It would be difficult to find these conditions during typical clinical examinations, but x-rays allow for early identification and immediate treatment. The tiny amount of radiation emitted by our x-ray equipment is approved for children by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. Our young patients will be safe while receiving top notch care.
Main uses for pediatric x-rays are as follows:
- Assessing the amount of space available for incoming teeth
- Checking whether primary teeth are being shed in appropriate time for adult teeth
- Evaluating the possibility of bone disease
- Monitoring tooth decay
- Planning treatment (especially orthodontic)
- Revealing bone injuries, abscesses, and tumors
- Surveying of impacted wisdom teeth
Children who fall into the average dentistry care category are recommended to x-ray every one to two years for general review and the monitoring of growth for space issues. Those who are at higher risk and those who are orthodontic candidates may see biannual x-rays to continually check for changes. X-rays provide the quickest call to action. Finally, x-rays are used in the case of trauma or injury to the mouth. Problems can be determined right away and the x-ray will be targeted specifically to the affected area in order to reduce radiation.