What are Dental X-rays?
A dental x-ray is a highly detailed image that allows us to see below the surface of your teeth and gums. There are many things that can go unnoticed during a typical dental examination. X-rays give us a clear view of your dental health, which is important for receiving the care that you need. Dental x-rays are safe and effective, with most people benefiting from having them taken.
Why would Dental X-rays be needed?
You can expect to have x-rays taken at the majority of your dental appointments. We will use these x-rays to help create a treatment plan that is right for you. Some of the different reasons for needing dental x-rays include:
- You’re a brand new patient
- You’re coming in for a checkup visit
- You’re having a root canal performed
- You have upcoming oral surgery
- You are undergoing orthodontic treatment
- You’re experiencing a dental problem
Who is a candidate for Dental X-rays?
The benefits of having these x-rays taken far outweigh any risks that might be involved. Most patients are good candidates for dental x-rays. We even take x-rays on children in order to monitor growth and development. We use the latest technology and techniques available to keep you safe and protected during the radiation process.
What happens during the Dental X-ray process?
The x-ray process will begin by placing a lead vest over your whole body. This is specifically designed to protect you while the x-rays are being taken. We then place a device inside of your mouth and behind several teeth. The x-ray machine is angled at this device and the image is taken. Our trained dental professional then repeats the process as needed so that all images are taken. If you are undergoing surgery or orthodontic treatment, we may recommend that you have a panoramic x-ray taken, which gives us a clear view of your whole mouth from left to right rather than smaller individual images.
If you’d like to come into the office for new dental x-rays, call us now to speak with one of our trained and knowledgeable professionals.