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Everything You Need to Know About Children’s X-Rays

They’re Safer Than Ever Thanks to our Advanced Technology

One of the biggest dental procedures we get a lot of questions about from parents like you at our pediatric dental office in Spring are x-rays. Thanks to our state-of-the-art technology, dental x-rays are more effective and safer than ever for your child. We love to educate our patients and their parents about all things dentistry, so let’s take a deeper look at dental x-rays and hopefully learn a little something new. 

The 4 Most Common Types of Dental X-Rays

When you bring your little one to see your pediatric dentist in Spring, one of the first things you’ll notice that we do is take digital x-rays. These types of x-rays are generally used in dentistry to explore the various parts of baby teeth and also to see if permanent teeth are aligned to erupt in a healthy way as children age. Each type of x-ray has a different, useful purpose. Here are some of the most common types of x-rays you might hear about in pediatric dentistry:

  • Bitewing X-rays. These x-rays are helpful in catching cavities early on and allow the dentist to see places in between teeth not visible with the naked eye. Sometimes, your child won’t have this type of x-ray until they have their first permanent molar, or until their back teeth touch each other. 
  • Panoramic X-rays. Panoramic x-rays show the entire set of teeth, both top and bottom and from front to back, in one photo. They can also display the jaw joints (TMJ) as well as the top sinuses. While there’s no film inside the mouth with these, a patient does need to stand still for up to 18 seconds. 
  • Periapical X-rays. This type of x-ray is pretty cool and can show the permanent teeth before they erupt through the gums. They’re also used to check the bone structure, for gum disease, or abscesses.
  • Orthodontic X-rays. Orthodontic x-rays actually look at both the teeth as well as the head. Taken from the side, the images produced from the x-ray can help a dentist or orthodontist create an accurate treatment plan.

Should I Be Concerned About X-Ray Safety?

You know that safety for your family is always at the heart of everything we do. This includes dental x-rays. Our advanced technology makes having an x-ray an experience that’s more comfortable and faster than ever. There’s an extremely low amount of radiation exposure for your child and adults alike. 

When you bring your family to our Spring pediatric dental office for regular checkups every six months, they may not always need a new set of x-rays. Some children need x-rays more often than others. It really varies on a case-by-case basis. Your pediatric dentist will look at your child’s oral health and development to determine how often she should have x-rays taken. If there’s been a history of cavities or a higher risk of decay, we’ll probably follow the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry guideline of taking x-rays twice a year. 

If you have questions about x-rays or would like to learn more about the x-ray services we provide, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us! We’re always happy to help you learn more about pediatric dentistry.