At Alpen Dental, we recommend X-rays for children as part of their overall dental care regimen. X-rays help us to detect potential dental problems in the tooth itself as well as in the surrounding tissue.
However, we understand that you may be hesitant about dental X-rays for your child since they do expose them to a small amount of radiation. Let’s take a look at the different types of dental X-rays, reasons why they’re important and the frequency they should be done. When you have more information about dental X-rays, it can help put your mind at ease.
Types of Dental X-Rays for Children
These are some of the most common X-rays for kids:
1. Bitewing X-Rays
As the name suggests, these X-rays show both the lower and upper teeth in one film. In this type of X-ray, the molars are shown from the crown up to the jawbone level. This type of X-ray also detects tooth decay in between the teeth. Further, it detects changes in the jawbone brought about by gum disease.
In case a child is suffering from any of the above conditions, the professionals at Alpen Dental will identify the best treatment method to ensure optimal dental health both in the present and in the future.
2. Panoramic X-Rays
Panoramic X-rays show all teeth in a single film. These X-rays are used to identify any teeth that are yet to emerge. It also checks overall dental growth and development. They can also diagnose abscesses and show the development of wisdom teeth.
Why Dental X-Rays Are Necessary
Kids dental X-rays are crucial for a child’s dental health. With a dental X-ray, a dentist can see the teeth, the bone where the teeth are attached and the supporting tissue.
This information is used in the following ways:
- Showing how the child’s teeth are erupting so that corrective measures are taken early enough
- Diagnosing cavities, especially when the cavities are located in between the teeth
- Confirming a mouth infection to ensure that the right treatment is given
- Preparing children for braces and other orthodontic treatments
- Detecting mouth and dental issues that cannot be spotted during a visual exam
Recommended Frequency of Dental X-Rays for Kids
We recommend that dental X-rays be done every 6-12 months for children with active tooth decay. For children with no cavity history, X-rays should be done every 12-24 months. This may seem like a lot, but you can rest assured that we always ensure exposure during the procedure is limited.
Exposure Settings for X-Ray Machines
Modern X-ray units like those at Alpen Dental enable us to concentrate the X-ray beam on the area of interest, so overall radiation exposure is drastically reduced. The machines also come with different settings for both children and adults. The different settings ensure children are only exposed to the lowest radiation levels possible, and we also use a lead apron over your child’s torso for further protection.
We also have cavity detectors that are used to correctly diagnose cavities in children’s teeth. Often, X-rays are only done where no other diagnostic method is available.
Visit Our Team at Alpen Dental Today
From dental X-rays to general oral care, you can expect gentle and compassionate treatment from our dentists at Alpen Dental. If you’re in Blackfalds or Rimbey and would like to know more about dental X-rays for kids, we invite you to contact us today to book an appointment.