<b>What are Dental X-rays?</b>
A dental x-ray is a radiographic image that enables us to see below your teeth and gums. In many cases, certain dental conditions cannot be seen with a visual examination alone. X-rays enable us to find areas that are decayed, suffer bone loss as well as impacted teeth. We use the latest technology available when it comes to taking x-rays, so you can always feel safe during the process.
<b>Why would you need Dental X-rays?</b>
The reason you might need an x-ray is because you’re a new patient or are coming into the office for a checkup. These images allow us to check for changes and problems that have occurred since your last appointment. If you’re going to be having surgery done or will need orthodontic care, we recommend having x-rays taken during the treatment planning process. We may even take x-rays before and during a root canal to ensure that all canals are being treated.
<b>Who is a candidate for Dental X-rays?</b>
Most patients coming into our office are good candidates for x-rays. Because the x-rays use a minimal amount of radiation, they are safe even for pediatric patients. We will go over all health and medical history prior to suggesting x-rays. You can request a copy of these images at any time by coming into our office.
<b>What happens during the Dental X-ray process?</b>
The x-ray process begins by placing a lead-lined apron over your body. This apron is designed to protect you while the x-ray machine is in use. We place a small device inside of the mouth and instruct you to bite down on it. The x-ray is then taken and the device moved to another area of the mouth. This process is continually repeated until all of the x-rays needed have been taken. We then carefully review the images so that we can provide you with the best care possible.
If you think you might need a new set of x-rays taken, call our office today and one of our staff members will be happy to further assist you.