Oasis Pediatric Dental Care & Orthodontics
Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry located in Falls Church City, Falls Church, VA
Digital X-rays help detect certain dental problems that might not be visible to the naked eye. At Oasis Pediatric Dental Care & Orthodontics in Falls Church, Virginia, Nathalie Phaeton, DDS, and Ki Youn Kil, DDS, use digital X-rays to evaluate incoming teeth, plan orthodontic treatments, and diagnose bone disease. X-rays are an important part of taking care of your child’s oral health. For more information about the use of a digital X-ray, call Oasis Pediatric Dental Care & Orthodontics, or book an appointment online.
Digital X-Ray Q & A
What is a digital X-ray?
Radiographs, or X-rays, are types of electromagnetic radiation that can see through your skin to reveal the bone underneath. Traditional X-rays use film to capture images, a costly process that doesn’t always produce high-quality results. Digital X-ray images are stored digitally, so there’s no way they can distort or degrade over time.
The Oasis Pediatric Dental Care & Orthodontics team can even resize and enlarge digital X-rays to identify dental problems that might be harder to see in a traditional X-ray.
How often does my child need dental X-rays?
Oasis Pediatric Dental Care & Orthodontics recommends bringing your child in for a digital X-ray at least once a year to identify any hard-to-detect dental problems as soon as possible. Once every three years, your child’s dentist may want to obtain a full set of X-rays — either a panoramic and bitewings or periapicals and bitewings.
What can a digital X-ray detect?
Digital X-rays give your dentist a full picture of your child’s mouth, including the insides of their teeth, gums, and bone structure. They help dentists detect early signs of a variety of dental problems, including:
- Impacted teeth
- Cavities and tooth decay
- Bite problems
- Abnormalities in the roof of the mouth or palate
- Orthodontic planning
- Jaw problems
- Tooth pain
Without early intervention, serious dental problems can become uncomfortable for your child and costly for you. Routine X-rays help the dentists at Oasis Pediatric Dental Care & Orthodontics diagnose and treat these conditions before they worsen.
Will my child be exposed to radiation during their X-ray?
Digital X-rays use about 80% less radiation than traditional X-rays. The risk of exposure to radiation during a digital X-ray is practically negligible, and the benefits far outweigh any potential side effects.
Modern X-ray machines also filter out any unnecessary X-rays and restrict the beam exclusively to the area of interest
In addition to this updated dental technology, lead body aprons and shields protect your child against any radiation they are exposed to, so there’s no need to worry when your child is having a digital X-ray at Oasis Pediatric Dental Care & Orthodontics.
Call the office or book a visit online to learn more.
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