What are Dental X-rays?
A dental x-ray is useful for diagnosing a variety of conditions within the mouth. Whether you are coming into our office for routine x-rays or are here for an emergency, x-rays enable us to see below the surface to better treat your oral health. We use the latest x-ray technology to ensure that the smallest amount of radiation is used. X-rays are a critical part of your preventative and restorative care.
Why are Dental X-rays needed?
You will more than likely need x-rays at the majority of your dental appointments. These images enable us to see things that would otherwise go missed with a regular exam. These issues may include impacted teeth, hard-to-find cavities, root fractures and even abscesses just below the tooth’s root. X-rays are safe for every member of the family and can be an important part of your treatment plan.
Who is a candidate for Dental X-rays?
Most patients are good candidates for dental x-rays. Very small toddlers and infants as well as those who are pregnant may not be suitable for routine x-rays, and these images may only be taken on an as-needed basis. However, because the technology we use is so advanced, you can feel confident that the x-rays being taken are safe for the whole family.
What happens during the Dental X-ray process?
The first step is to place a lead apron or vest over your body. This will protect you from the radiation being used. A device is then positioned inside the mouth against the teeth. The assistant or hygienist will then angle the machine towards this device and take the x-ray. This process will be repeated throughout the mouth until all x-rays are taken. You will find that having x-rays taken is easy, quick and incredibly beneficial to your dental health. You can expect to have x-rays taken at most dental appointments when coming into our office.
If you would like to come into our office for new x-rays, call us now and we can get you in for a convenient appointment in our practice with minimal wait times.