Why X Rays Are Important

Why X-Rays Are Important
Posted on 09/16/2019
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Why X-Rays Are Important

At Yummy Dental, our mission is to help children throughout Glenview, Lincoln Park, Lakeview, and greater Chicago achieve healthy, beautiful smiles through comprehensive orthodontic and pediatric dental treatment. We use a wide range of techniques and technologies to create those smiles for our patients, but few are as important or as ubiquitous as the x-ray. X-rays play a critical role in everything from routine dental check-ups to Invisalign, and if you're curious about why your child might need an x-ray at the dentist's office, we'd love to cast some light on the matter. 

Why Does My Child Need a Dental X-Ray?

X-rays are important tools because they help our pediatric dentists understand your child's dental condition, spot problems that aren't visible to the naked eye, arrive at a proper diagnosis, and plan effective treatment. X-rays are a versatile imaging tool that allows us to see between teeth, inside of teeth, and underneath the gum-line, and early-stage cavities that would be difficult to spot with the eyes alone are much more clearly visible in a dental x-ray. X-rays also demonstrate the health and orientation of the tooth roots, allowing us to determine if a tooth is impacted even before it erupts. 

Your pediatric dentist may order dental x-rays for a wide variety of reasons. At a basic level, we'll likely take regular x-rays about every 6 months to a year or so in order to track the development of your child's baby teeth and permanent teeth and to screen for any cavities. If your child needs a specific treatment procedure like a filling or orthodontic treatment, we'll also take x-rays to help diagnose their condition and plan treatment. There are a number of different types of dental x-ray we can use depending on the part of the teeth we need to see, but no matter what x-ray we use, modern dental x-ray equipment is highly efficient and uses a minuscule amount of radiation. In fact, the amount of radiation used for standard dental x-rays is less than your child receives from a single day of normal background radiation. 

Contact Your Glenview Pediatric Dentist

X-rays are an important part of the process both for pediatric dental and orthodontic care, and thanks to the efficiency of modern equipment, there's no need to worry about radiation exposure from dental x-rays. As always, though, if you have questions about x-rays or any other procedure, we can help. Contact us today to learn more about x-rays or to set up your next dental check-up appointment. We can't wait to hear from you!