Radiographs assist dentists in diagnosing cavities, especially cavities between teeth that cannot be diagnosed during a visual exam. These specific cavities are called interproximal or “in-betweener” cookie bugs by Dr. Bekka. In addition to diagnosing cavities, radiographs, such as panoramic x-rays, may also be used to evaluate growth and development, diagnose extra or missing teeth, and evaluate potential areas of oral pathology and cancer. Rest assured that radiographs will only be taken when clinically indicated for the proper care of your child.
There is very little risk in dental X-rays. Pediatric dentists are especially careful to limit the amount of radiation to which children are exposed. Giving Tree Pediatric Dentistry uses Digital Radiography. This form of computerized radiography uses a standard dental x-ray generator as its radiation source and an intra-oral sensor or “cookie” that is placed in the mouth to collect the image.
The benefit of digital radiography is that it reduces radiation exposure 80-90% compared to traditional radiograph which means less exposure and less risk.