When it comes to your child’s oral health, prevention is the key. Dr. Meghanne believes in staying up-to-date with the latest dental technology and techniques through additional training and continuing education. Parents will also notice that The Pass Pediatric Dental Group is well-equipped with state-of-the-art technology designed to make your child's visits more comfortable.
Digital x-rays are an example of an excellent diagnostic tool that Dr. Meghanne uses as your child gets older to monitor what is going on in their mouths internally. X-rays give us the ability to see things such as jaw joint development, the position of incoming teeth, and the health of roots and jawbones. X-rays can also help us pinpoint infections or other problems if your son or daughter is experiencing dental pain.
Are X-Rays Safe for My Child?
Modern dentistry has made many advances in the equipment and techniques we use for patients, and digital x-rays are no exception. These images are readily available without any waiting time so Dr. Meghanne can discuss any pertinent findings with you right away. This can be critical if your child is experiencing dental pain.
Digital x-rays also emit 80-90% less radiation than the traditional x-rays taken in the past. Your son or daughter would receive more radiation from spending a full day out in the sun than they would from their dental x-rays.
X-rays are also comfortable for your child since the image is collected by an intraoral sensor that easily fits into their mouths. The procedure is quick and will likely be incorporated into their cleaning appointment unless they’re experiencing dental pain or other issues.
How Often Does My Child Need X-Rays?
Dr. Meghanne will typically begin recommending dental x-rays around the ages of three to four years old. We will explain everything we’re doing before we take any images so your son or daughter will always feel comfortable.
Bitewing x-rays give us a close view of a few teeth at a time, while a panoramic image shows us your child’s entire mouth, jaw joints, and jawbone all in one picture. Bitewing x-rays are typically recommended once every year, while panoramic x-rays are taken once your child starts getting permanent teeth.
Panoramic x-rays are only needed every five years or so to evaluate for missing or extra teeth, pathology in the jawbone, or when Dr. Meghanne might recommend orthodontic treatment for your child.
Contact The Pass Pediatric Dental Group
Do you have more questions about digital x-rays? Would you like to learn more about how we use them? We encourage parents to contact our dental office and ask any questions they might have, so please don’t hesitate to call The Pass Pediatric Dental Group.