X-rays, also known as radiographs, are images that show the interior of teeth and gums used to evaluate their condition and development, as well as locate any internal issues that can’t be seen with the naked eye.
We rely on these images when considering orthodontics for your child. They help us to assess the jaw and bone growth, as well as how the teeth will develop. In general, X-rays are also used in children to:
- Track the progress of dental treatments or procedures
- Locate cavities, gum issues, or anomalies
- Evaluate injuries in case of dental trauma
- Visualize how many teeth are in the mouth, the state of unerupted teeth, and whether any of them are impacted below the gum
Benefits of Digital X-rays
With all the technological advances, traditional X-rays have evolved into digital X-rays, making the diagnostic procedure much more efficient and effective. The biggest three differences of traditional X-rays in comparison with digital X-rays are:
- Less radiation: Studies have proven that there’s 80% less radiation produced during a digital X-ray, compared to a traditional X-ray.
- Quality and Time: Traditional X-rays require some time for the image to be developed in the film, and sometimes it’s not clear enough to see all the details. But with a digital X-ray the time is cut down to only seconds. The process automatically shows a high-quality image on the screen, making it possible to zoom in, enhance, or manipulate it on specific areas if needed.
- Eco-friendly: Traditional X-rays are developed using chemicals and film paper, need to be stored physically, and are disposed of once they’re no longer relevant. Not only do they degrade over time, patients evolve and, in general, the lifespan of an X-ray is only about 6 months. With a digital image, these are no longer problems.
Are X-rays Safe For Children?
Parents are often worried about the risks of exposing children to radiation, but The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry reassures us that the amount of radiation received during X-rays is extremely low.
If you have any questions about digital dental x-rays for your child, please feel free to contact our Ontario office, and we will be happy to assist you.