What Are Digital X-Rays and How Do They Work?
Digital X-rays Offer Several Advantages Over
Traditional X-rays, Including:
The technology used in digital X-rays allows images to be taken quickly and easily. This means less time holding still and less time needed for the procedure. And unlike traditional X-rays, the images don’t require lengthy processing times!
Because digital X-rays are made of high-contrast images, we can enlarge them. Enlarging the images allows us to zoom in on specific sections and identify problems that traditional X-rays might not clearly expose.
Digital X-rays can be stored and easily accessed for future reference or transferred instantly to other dental professionals. Instant transfers are especially helpful when your child is being treated by multiple professionals at once, such as an orthodontist and a pediatric dentist.
Digital X-rays emit up to 90% less radiation than traditional X-rays. Radiation exposure from a single digital dental X-ray is understood to be equivalent to the radiation exposure one would receive by consuming two bananas. This means your child may receive the dental care they need with minimal radiation exposure!
Taking a digital dental X-ray is similar to taking a traditional X-ray. The patient holds still while the technician carefully positions a sensor in the mouth. Once in position, the sensor creates an image.
How Often Should My Child
Have Digital Dental X-Rays?
Generally, young children should have digital dental X-rays taken every six to twelve months. However, Dr. Jackson may recommend that we take X-rays more frequently based on individual needs. These needs could include:
Your child’s age: The enamel on primary (baby) teeth is thinner than adult teeth. Primary teeth are softer and more likely to develop cavities than adult teeth. Knowing the position, location, and condition of developing teeth is also paramount to receiving the best care for your child’s current and future care.
Your child’s risk for recurrent decay: If your child has current cavities, past cavities, or other risk factors such as special healthcare needs, or inadequate dental hygiene, they may need more frequent digital X-rays.
Your Child’s Comfort is Our Priority
Going to the dentist may be a scary experience for some children. At Clubhouse Pediatric Dentistry, we do everything possible to make them feel at ease and minimize the time needed for exams. From fast digital X-rays to games, movies, and prizes, we strive to create a positive experience for your child at every visit.