What are Dental X-Rays?
A dental x-ray is a diagnostic tool that helps us to detect underlying problems with your teeth. The x-ray allows us to see the health of not only your teeth, but your gums and bone. For children, dental x-rays are necessary in monitoring growth and tooth development. You may need to have x-rays taken when coming into our office for an appointment.
Why are Dental X-Rays needed?
Dental x-rays use minimal amounts of radiation and are considered safe, even when taken at regular intervals throughout the year. The benefits of x-rays far outweigh any danger that they may pose. Some of the reasons you may need a dental x-ray include:
• You haven’t had x-rays taken in awhile
• You’re coming in for your bi-annual dental appointment
• You are dealing with a dental emergency
• You have impacted wisdom teeth
• You’re going for oral surgery
• Your child requires monitoring of tooth development and growth
Who is a good candidate for Dental X-Rays?
Most patients are good candidates for dental x-rays. The x-ray itself is safe and provides us with a clear view of the underlying structure of your teeth, which includes the bone and gum tissue. It allows us to see if there is decay, abscesses or impacted teeth just below the surface. X-rays are critical to your dental care and oral health.
What can you expect when Dental X-Rays are being taken?
A dental x-ray is a simple, quick procedure that is done in-office. We will first drape a lead apron over your shoulders, which protects you from bouncing radiation. We will then take intra-oral x-rays of your teeth. Depending on the appointment and what is needed, we may take only one x-ray or many of them. The x-rays are then examined by Dr. Adkins, who will use them to detect problems that may otherwise go unnoticed. We recommend having a full set of x-rays taken every few years.
If you need to have new dental x-rays taken, call our office and our staff members can schedule an appointment for you to come in.