Pediatric Digital X-rays

Using the most advanced dental technology is just as important as staying up to date on the latest treatment techniques. Because our practice is dedicated to providing your child with the safest and most convenient treatment options available, we utilize advanced digital X-ray technology in our office.

Is a digital X-ray really safer?

Because we care about your child’s bodily health and well-being, we believe that reducing the amount of radiation exposure is extremely important. Although the amount of radiation used in dental X-rays is very small, the effect is cumulative, so all radiation counts. Digital X-rays can reduce your son or daughter’s exposure to radiation by up to 80 percent!

What are the advantages of digital X-rays?

  • We want your little one to be as comfortable as possible during the appointment, and digital X-rays eliminate the need to bite down on a sharp piece of film encased in plastic.
  • There is no need to wait for the X-ray film to be developed before it can be viewed, so the entire checkup can be a lot shorter.
  • The digital images can be enlarged and manipulated, which gives the doctor a clear, more detailed look at your child’s teeth.
  • Because your child can see the image enlarged on a screen, he or she can better understand why taking care of the teeth is important.
  • It’s better for the earth! There is no need to use harmful chemicals to process film.

Our practice is focused on making your little one’s dental experience as comfortable as possible. At your next appointment, we’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have about x-rays.

How Often Should a Child’s Teeth be X-rayed?

According to the ADA or the American Dental Association:

“The recommendations in the ADA/FDA guidelines were developed to serve as an adjunct to the dentist’s professional judgment. The timing of the initial radiographic examination should not be based upon the patient’s age but upon each child’s individual circumstances. Because each patient is unique, the need for dental radiographs can be determined only after reviewing the patient’s medical and dental histories, completing a clinical examination, and assessing the patient’s vulnerability to environ­mental factors that affect oral health”

general guidelines for the frequency of x-rays for children are as follows:

  • For children with no history of decay or gum disease, x-rays are performed once annually
  • For children with obvious decay, gum disease x-rays should be performed every six months

More on Digital Radiography

One of the greatest advancements in dental radiography in recent times is the use of digital radiography. The most basic explanation of digital radiography is to liken it to the replacement of film cameras with digital cameras. Using digital imagery means images can be immediately acquired, deleted, or modified.

In addition to less radiation exposure, the use of digital imaging in radiography makes images easily transferrable and in cases of dental referrals to specialists, the process of sending or receiving images is very simple.

Excellent oral health is paramount to overall physical health and should be taken very seriously. X-rays are a very valuable tool to prevent and detect disease and other oral deformities. In order to avoid any unnecessary exposure to radiation, a parent should look for a dentist who takes a child’s individual situation into mind into their approach to dental x-rays. Most importantly, a parent should look for a dentist who uses the most advanced digital radiography, as it is the safest, most effective radiography available today.