Dental x-rays are important tools that pediatric dentists use to tell how their patients’ teeth are developing. Certain dental issues are difficult to detect without x-rays, especially if the problems are below the surface. Our Katy pediatric dentists need dental x-rays to see if the teeth and jaws are growing properly. Here are common problems x-rays can help bring to light:
- Crowded teeth
- Impacted wisdom teeth
- Underdeveloped tooth bones
- Periodontal disease
The doctor gets a deeper look at the position of unerupted teeth and potential abscesses to evaluate the child’s dental health. Identifying and treating problems early on can prevent costly, time-consuming, and even painful procedures later on.
Many parents are concerned about how x-rays can affect their children, but the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) states that the amount of radiation received during an x-ray is so small that it likely has no effect. There are also guidelines already in place from the AAPD to ensure x-rays are properly operated, especially on children and teens. Parents should not be worried about bringing their children to the dentist because of x-rays. At Kids Healthy Teeth, our pediatric dentists and dental hygienists are very careful to make sure your child receiving safe and effective care.
Going to the dentist every 6 months is vital to your child’s dental health. To learn more about dental checkups and oral hygiene for kids, check out our parent guide below.
Are dental x-rays dangerous?
The benefits of getting dental x-rays far outweigh any potential side effects (which are extremely uncommon), but we understand that parents may still be concerned. At Kids Healthy Teeth, our pediatric dentists use low radiation x-rays to examine their patients’ teeth, jaws, and overall oral health. During the process, we make sure to protect children from any radiation exposure with proper equipment. The procedure is used in almost all dental practices and there’s nothing to be afraid of!
How often are dental x-rays taken?
A child usually gets their first x-ray when the dentist cannot visibly see the area between a child’s back teeth and most of the baby teeth have grown in. This is usually around the age 5 or 6, but x-rays can be taken earlier if the child is at risk of tooth decay or gum disease. After that, x-rays are usually taken every 12 – 24 months, depending on whether how cavity-prone the child is.
What are dental x-rays?
Dental x-rays in Katy are images used by dentists to they can see tooth position and decay and overall the condition of your mouth. Dental x-rays do not hurt and are very fast to get done. X-rays use low levels of radiation to capture images and are harmless.
What are the different types of dental x-rays?
There are a few different types of dental x-rays in Katy that you can get. The first is a bite-wing x-ray; it helps to show upper and lower teeth areas. A periapical x-ray shows the whole tooth. Lastly, an occlusal x-ray is large and can show full tooth placement.
How are dental x-rays taken?
Dental x-rays in Katy are taken in our office. We will either have you stand or sit upright in a chair. You will have to wear a lead apron for radiation protection during the x-ray process. We will put x-ray sensors within the mouth to capture photos of your teeth. Afterward, we remove the apron, and you are onto the next part of your dental visit!
Why do I need dental x-rays?
Everyone needs Katy dental x-rays to be taken when you come in. X-rays not only show the positioning of teeth within your mouth, but they can also detect decay. We can see dental decay on x-ray images, and it helps up determine where the cavity is, and how large or small it is.
How often should you get dental x-rays?
You should get Katy dental x-rays nearly every visit. On average we will see you twice a year. A lot can change in a matter of six months, so it is vital that we stay on top of your teeth. Dental decay can start to develop, the sooner we catch it, the better.
What is a full set of dental x-rays?
If you require a complete set of Katy dental x-rays, then do not be alarmed. A full set consists of around fourteen to twenty individual x-rays to get a full dental image of your mouth. It seems like a large number of x-rays; however, the time it takes to take them is relatively fast.