What exactly are Dental X-Rays?
Dental x-rays are necessary in diagnosing and treating certain dental conditions. Prior to oral surgery, imaging known as cone beam technology, also referred to as a CT scan, is used to detect underlying nerve pathways and soft tissue. We use both types of imaging to properly diagnose and treat our patients. Both digital x-rays as well as CT scans use minimal amounts of radiation, making them a safe option for all patients.
Why might you need Dental X-Rays?
You may need a dental x-ray as part of your preventative dental care. We take a full set of x-rays every few weeks and will often take followup x-rays at each of your bi-annual appointments. If you come in for an emergency, we may take additional images to find the root cause of the problem. For oral surgeries and other more invasive procedures, a CT scan is necessary and can be done in-office.
What makes you a candidate for Dental X-Rays?
Every patient is a good candidate for dental x-rays. The images that we take use a minimal amount of radiation. The benefits of dental x-rays far outweigh the risks of the small radiation being used. Therefore, it is important that you have x-rays taken at most of your dental appointments in order to spot issues that may otherwise go undetected.
What can be expected when having Dental X-Rays taken?
With a regular dental x-ray, our staff members will position the x-rays at strategic parts of the mouth. This helps us to see the teeth as well as the roots underneath. This can help us find problems that might go unnoticed because x-rays were not taken. For a CT scan, you will stand in the middle of a circular machine and be instructed to rest your chin on a chin bar. The machine will circle your head, taking an image of your teeth, mouth and jaw area. A CT scan is recommended before oral surgeries and other more invasive procedures.
If you’re interested in dental x-rays for your child, call our office and our helpful staff members can help answer any of your questions.
All services are performed by a general dentist.