Are Dental X-Rays Safe? this question by concerned parents and we’d like to reassure you that our pediatric dentists take extensive precautions when using dental x-rays. Our x-rays are digital and are taken using up-to-date and well-maintained equipment that only emits a very low level of radiation. As children’s dentists we are all too well aware of the importance of dental x-rays and the benefits this diagnostic tool can bring and making dental x-rays safe as much as we can.
How Digital Dental X-Rays Safe for Your Kid
Although we visually examine children’s teeth extremely carefully there is only so much that can be seen with the naked eye and certain areas are permanently hidden from view. Unfortunately these are often areas of concern which include the contact points in between teeth where decay can frequently begin to develop. By using digital dental x-rays we can detect the very earliest signs of decay between each tooth so we can take action by providing appropriate treatment, hopefully at a stage well before your child has begun to feel any discomfort or tooth sensitivity.
Why Do You Need Dental X-Rays
As well as showing possible cavities, x-rays can be useful in a number of different situations. For example we can use them to check the alignment of your child’s teeth and the development of their jaws. They can show us the position of teeth yet to erupt, such as impacted wisdom teeth and can help us identify if any teeth are absent. A dental x-ray can show us if a tooth root is badly infected and is useful when diagnosing tooth infections. We also use dental x-rays to plan treatment such as baby root canals and they can be extremely useful when planning orthodontic treatment.
How Frequently Will My Child Need X-Rays?
The exact frequency depends on your child’s history of tooth decay or other dental problems. If we think they are more at risk then we’ll suggest they have more frequent dental x-rays so we can offer treatment for any problems in a timeline manner, helping to preserve your child’s teeth. You can rest assured that we will not take any more digital dental x-rays than necessary and if you are at all concerned then we can talk to you about our imaging equipment and any possible risks, and of course we will explain the steps taken to minimize these risks and do everything we can to make dental x-rays safe.
Dental X Ray Risks and Benefits in NJ
Having a dental x-rays safe and risk is tiny, particularly when compared to the benefits of this technology. Without the use of dental x-rays there is a far greater possibility of children developing extensive and advanced dental decay, a problem that is painful at any age and which can affect their well-being and development and even their performance at school, as it’s very difficult to concentrate when you’re in pain. Without the use of dental x-rays it’s impossible to see how a child’s jaws are aligned, making it very difficult to identify any potential problems and to offer the correct treatment.