Digital dental X-rays are a valuable diagnostic tool that provides details about the teeth as well as the bones and supporting tissues of the mouth. Islands Pediatric Dentistry is pleased to offer a state-of-the-art digital Panoramic, Cephalometric and Nomad X-ray machines, so patients can have high quality dental X-rays taken and evaluated within minutes with minimal radiation exposure when compared to traditional X-rays.
What types of things do dental X-rays for children reveal?
Digital dental X-rays for children are used to detect the presence of:
- Tooth decay (dental caries)
- Gum disease
- Extra teeth
In addition, digital dental X-rays can also be used to see the status of developing teeth, to effectively track the progress of previous dental procedures and to quickly identify small changes in teeth over time.
What are the benefits of digital dental X-rays?
Although generally considered safe, traditional X-rays briefly expose patients to radiation. But with the latest advances in digital X-rays, radiation exposure is reduced by more than 90 percent. In addition, digital X-rays produce instant, high-quality images, which can be shared with other doctors, if needed. Digital dental X-rays are also more environmentally friendly than traditional X-rays since they eliminate the need for film and processing chemicals that generate bio-hazardous waste.
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How often are digital dental X-rays performed?
Each patient is different and so are his or her individual dental needs. The schedule for performing digital dental X-rays will be determined by our experienced team, based on factors including a patient’s age, their risk for disease, history of dental disease and current symptoms. In many cases, new patients at Islands Pediatric Dentistry will be advised to have dental X-rays to determine the existing health of teeth and provide a baseline for future changes.
If your child does get a cavity or an infection, we can treat it right away. Our goal is to help your child feel comfortable again. Even baby teeth can cause your child discomfort and will need to be treated. Fortunately, Dr. Rez, is skilled at working with young children. Though the teeth are smaller, a procedure can be completed to help children get the care they need without further complications. We offer sedation dentistry to help children relax and remain comfortable during specific dental procedures. This may be as simple as providing your child with laughing gas to relax. If they are very small, they may need to be put to sleep while we complete the procedure. As a children’s dentist, we only use sedation when necessary. Simultaneously, it is dangerous for a child to be wiggly when dental tools are in his or her mouth. As such, it is better for a small child to be put to sleep than risk them moving and getting a secondary cut as a result.
What does getting pediatric dental X-rays involve?
Before getting dental X-rays, an experienced staff member will cover the patient with a heavy lead apron. Next, a small, sterile device (the image receptor) will be inserted into the patient’s mouth, and the staff member will instruct the child on how to bite down on it, in order to take the most effective X-ray images. This process will repeat several times until images are obtained for the entire mouth. The process takes just minutes to complete and is completely pain-free.
Since digital X-ray results are immediate, the images and diagnosis can be discussed between the dentist, patient, and a patient’s parent immediately after the examination.
If you need to schedule a visit for your child or want to learn more about digital dental X-rays for children, call our office at (602) 384-2955 or request an appointment at Islands Pediatric Dentistry by filling out the form on this page
Helpful Related Links
- American Dental Association (ADA). Glossary of Dental Terms. 2015
- American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry® (AACD). Home Page. 2015
- WebMD. WebMD’s Oral Care Guide. 2015
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