Using the most advanced dental technology is just as important as staying up to date on the latest treatment techniques. Because our practice is dedicated to providing children with the safest and most convenient treatment options available, we utilize advanced digital X-ray technology in our office.
IS A DIGITAL X-RAY REALLY SAFER?
Because we care about your youngster’s bodily health and well-being, we believe that reducing the amount of radiation exposure is extremely important. Although the amount of radiation used in dental X-rays is very small, the effect is cumulative, so all radiation counts. Digital X-rays can reduce your child’s exposure to radiation by up to 80 percent!
WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES OF DIGITAL X-RAYS?
- We want your little one to be as comfortable as possible during the appointment, and digital X-rays eliminate the need to bite down on a sharp piece of film encased in plastic.
- There is no need to wait for the X-ray film to be developed before it can be viewed, so the entire checkup can be shorter.
- The digital images can be enlarged and manipulated, which gives Dr. Al a clear, more detailed look at the patient’s teeth.
- Because your youngster can see the image enlarged on a screen, he or she can better understand why taking care of our teeth is essential.
- It’s better for the earth! There is no need to use harmful chemicals to process film
Our practice is focused on making your child’s dental experience as comfortable as possible. At your next appointment, we’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have.
We practice ALARA (As Low As Reasonably Achievable) which is a safety principle fundamental to minimizing radiation exposure. We are committed to using the most accurate digital imaging equipment requiring the lowest ionizing radiation exposure. The following chart shows what x-rays we take and when for your child:
ANY VISIT UNDER 3
No imaging unless problem specific
FIRST VISIT 3-6
2 Occlusal Images
(typically taken only once to see developing permanent teeth on top and bottom front teeth unless problem specific)
2 Bitewing Images
(to evaluate for cavities, frequency 1-2 times per year) If the child has open contacts between their back teeth and visual inspection is possible, cavity check x-rays can be delayed
4 Bitewing Images
(frequency 1-2 times per year after first permanent molars grow in)(typically taken once between age 6-8 to evaluate growth and development of adult teeth/orthodontic screening)
(typically taken once between age 6-8 to evaluate growth and development of adult teeth/orthodontic screening)
Full Mouth Series Image
(typically completed at this age or as soon as braces come off for comprehensive evaluation for cavities
(to evaluate wisdom teeth)
How Much Radiation Energy Comes From a Dental X-ray?
Each year, the average person receives about 620 mrem of radiation from all natural and man-made sources combined