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The Importance of Dental X-rays

Digital dental X-rays for children

Dental X-rays or radiographs are very important. They allow the pediatric dentist to see things about your oral health that cannot be seen by the naked eye. These items include cysts (sacks of fluid that form on the roots of teeth), cancerous and non-cancerous tumors, invisible decay that occurs between teeth, and the location of teeth that haven't grown all the way in.

By using an X-ray to diagnose these problems, we can help save you money in the long run from surgeries or other treatments that might become necessary if we didn't find the problem. In some cases, where dental X-rays show the location of tumorous growths, X-rays can be responsible for saving your life.

Modern dental X-ray machines are very safe. We use only state-of-the-art, low radiation machines and digital sensors in combination with proper lead apron and/or barrier shielding to keep the risk of excess radiation exposure as low as possible. The amount of radiation exposure your body receives from a standard set or two intraoral X-rays taken at our office is about that same as 3-5 minutes of exposure to direct sunlight. Contrast this minimal exposure with the risk of not finding an illness until it is too late, and you can see why we prescribe regular diagnostic X-rays.

The pediatric dentists at Tiny Teeth Pediatric Dentistry prescribe X-rays based on the exam findings and associated risk for cavities, not on what an insurance plan may cover. Many times the types and frequency of X-rays covered by some insurance plans is not enough to adequately diagnose certain dental conditions. The pediatric dentists at Tiny Teeth Pediatric Dentistry prescribe X-rays based on the recommendations by the American Dental Association (ADA).

“My son is almost 2 ½ and can be very apprehensive about unfamiliar places and people. We talked about the dentist before going so he knew what to expect, but I think the hygienist did an excellent job of telling him what she was doing and offering the right amount of distraction. He did fantastic this visit! Thank you to the staff at Tiny Teeth for making my son's checkup a great one.”

— Emily E.