It is important to minimize you or your child’s exposure to X-rays as much as you can, but be aware there will likely be times where X-rays are necessary and beneficial. Our office philosophy is that X-rays be taken on a case by case basis.
X-rays enable us to see between and inside your teeth. We can also view the tip of your roots and bone underneath your gums – places not normally visible to the naked eye and aid us in diagnosing any specific or isolated dental problems you might be experiencing. Dental X-rays can detect even the slightest traces of oral health problems at their earliest stages, such as cavities, gum disease, oral infections, and some types of tumors.
With regard to our pediatric patients, once the baby teeth in back are touching one another, it is reasonable to have X-rays taken. Permanent teeth start coming in around age six, and X-rays help us make sure your child’s teeth and jaw are healthy and properly aligned. If your child is at high risk of dental problems, we may suggest having X-rays taken at an earlier age.