Dental x-rays use a tiny amount of radiation to get images of teeth, bones, and soft tissue of the mouth. These pictures help the dentists diagnose problems like decay in between teeth, overcrowding, and dental injuries. We don’t take x-rays of every child at every appointment. We only use x-ray when it’s needed to determine the extent of a problem or to monitor growth.
At Super Kids Dental, we use all digital x-ray machines. Digital technology provides us with instant, clear images of your child’s teeth and jaw so that we can make the most accurate diagnosis and decide on the best treatment together.
There are three different types of x-rays we may need.
- Shows a tooth from top to the bone.
- Used to detect decay between teeth or changes in bone density.
- Used to check the fit of dental crowns or restorations and the integrity of tooth fillings.
- Shows the whole tooth from the top to beyond the root tips to the bone in one area of either the upper or lower jaw.
- Used to detect root structure and surrounding bone structure abnormalities.
- They are used to treat conditions like periodontitis, advanced gum disease, and detecting abscess.
- Show the entire mouth, including all the teeth in the upper and lower arch, in one image.
- Images are made with a machine that rotates around the head.
As part of routine checkups, the dentist will preform a physical exam of your child’s teeth to check for weak spots. She will use tools to test the surface of the tooth and may detect very early signs of decay that need to be monitored. She will evaluate your child’s overall dental health and conduct an oral cancer screening by holding the tongue with gauze, checking it and the whole mouth, then feeling the jaw and neck.