What are Dental X-Rays?
X-rays are images that we use to see underneath the surface of your teeth and gums to identify a multitude of problems. You can expect to have x-rays taken at most of your appointments. The amount of radiation used to create these images is very small, so they’re safe for patients of all ages. You may need x-rays taken before certain procedures or to monitor development and growth.
Why are Dental X-Rays needed?
You may need to have dental x-rays taken at your checkups, or before surgical procedures or other treatments. The process of taking x-rays is incredibly easy, and allows the doctor to get a better look at your teeth, catching problems before they can get worse. They are safe for both pediatric and adult patients, and are taken during check ups and on an as-needed basis.
When would you need Dental X-Rays taken?
There are several different reasons why you may need to have x-rays taken. When they are recommended, it is because the x-ray will be beneficial to your oral health, or are necessary for a treatment you are receiving. Some of the reasons you’ll need x-rays include:
- Bi-annual dental appointments
- Prior to oral surgery
- To diagnose and detect bone loss
- When coming in for an emergency
- To monitor growth and development of teeth
- To find impacted teeth
What can you expect with Dental X-Rays?
We begin by draping a lead apron or vest over your body. This is used to protect you from radiation in the room. We then place a small device in the mouth against several of your teeth. The x-ray machine is aimed at this device, and the x-ray is taken. The device is then moved to another area of the mouth and the process repeated. It is important that you have x-rays taken regularly so that we can monitor your mouth for changes, and find problems before they are able to get worse. The process is quick and easy, and the amount of radiation used is entirely safe.
If you need new dental x-rays and want to come in for an appointment, call our office and we’ll be able to answer your questions.