As an indispensable component of preventive oral health care, dental X-rays make it possible to monitor the status of developing teeth and detect disease, damage, and decay that can’t be seen during a routine dental exam. At Edgewater Pediatric Dentistry in Edgewater, New Jersey, board-certified pediatric dentist, Rosalie Nguyen, DMD, and her team are proud to offer comfortable, low-dose radiation X-ray services for children of all ages. To learn more, call the office or schedule an appointment online today.request an appointment
What are the benefits of dental X-rays?
X-rays are an essential tool in preventive dentistry because they help uncover the kind of damage, disease, and decay that can’t be detected in a clinical oral examination. They use electromagnetic waves, or low-dose radiation, to produce detailed pictures of the structures inside your child’s mouth. These pictures can help Dr. Nguyen and her team:
- Diagnose concealed decay (cavities)
- Monitor the status of developing teeth
- Look for signs of periodontitis (gum disease)
- Evaluate problematic tooth roots
- Assess jawbone health around each tooth
Children who have regular dental X-rays are less likely to develop deep cavities and other major problems that may eventually require more extensive treatment, such as a root canal.
Are there different types of dental X-rays?
The team at Edgewater Pediatric Dentistry uses different types of X-rays to capture specific images of your child’s teeth. The types of X-rays they most often use during routine exams include:
Bitewing X-rays provide a view of your child’s molars or the upper and lower teeth in the back of their mouth. Besides uncovering any hidden decay between molars, this type of X-ray also reveals details about tooth alignment and bite.
Occlusal X-rays show the entire arch of teeth in your child’s top or bottom jaw. These images help Dr. Nguyen assess tooth placement, spacing, and proper bite relationship as your child continues to develop.
This type of X-ray shows two or three of your child’s teeth in their entirety, from crown to root. It also provides a view of the bone tissue that surrounds and supports each tooth.
What are painless dental X-rays?
As a pediatric dentist, Dr. Nguyen is committed to ensuring that your child feels at ease, safe, and comfortable throughout their visit. To make the X-ray process as quick, easy, and painless as possible, she and her team use a state-of-the-art Vatech Green CT panoramic X-ray machine.
To learn more about painless dental X-rays or schedule your child’s next visit, use the online booking feature or call Edgewater Pediatric Dentistry today.