What are Dental X-rays?
Dental x-rays are a critical part of providing you with optimal dental care. They allow us to see below the very surface of both your teeth and gums. X-rays are needed so that we can monitor and check for any changes to your oral health. They may be needed prior to surgery, root canals or when you’re considering orthodontic treatment.
Why would Dental X-rays be needed?
You may need to have x-rays taken before oral surgery so that we can check for any problems that could present while the procedure is being done. We often take a full set of x-rays every few years and on new patients coming into the office for the first time. X-rays are typically necessary before, during or even after a root canal has been performed. The process to take x-rays is easy, quick and safe for most patients.
Who is a candidate for Dental X-rays?
Most patients can and should have dental x-rays taken. The benefits of x-rays far outweigh any possible risks that could be involved. In fact, we recommend x-rays on pediatric as well as adult patients. We will always review your health and medical history to determine if it is safe for you to undergo radiation in our office.
What happens during the Dental X-ray process?
Our highly trained and skilled dental professional will place a lead apron over your whole body. This apron is designed to protect you while all radiation is in use. A small device is placed inside the mouth behind specific teeth. The x-ray machine is then moved to aim at this device so that the image can be taken. The x-ray is exposed and the process is repeated for any or all other teeth. We review all of your x-rays while you’re in our office so that we can provide you with the best possible care available.
If you need new dental x-rays and want to schedule an appointment to come in, call us today to speak with one of our skilled team members.