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Pediatric Dental X-Rays

a child’s baby teeth xray

Dental X-rays are an important tool for the team at Toothfairy Pediatric Dental. As the teeth and jaw mature, kids’ teeth X-rays provide pediatric dentists with an enhanced view of a child’s oral health development and the underlying problems that may lead to complications.

Does My Child Need X-Rays?

There are several reasons that a pediatric dentist may want to see an X-ray of your child’s teeth:

Your child may need oral X-rays for preventative purposes.

Pediatric dentists often use teeth X-rays to gauge the development and placement of permanent teeth. Sometimes pediatric dental X-rays reveal other underlying problems not detectable with a visual exam, like missing or extra teeth. Seeing these issues on X-rays before they become bigger problems is key.

Your child may need oral X-rays due to an ongoing health issue.

If your child is presenting the signs of an oral infection, an X-ray may be necessary to identify the source of the issue, whether it’s gingivitis, a cracked tooth, or something else. Also, if your child has sustained a mouth injury, X-rays can help monitor healing and recovery.

Your child may need oral X-rays to determine if they’ll need orthodontic treatment.

Depending on the condition of the teeth, jaw, and soft tissues of a child’s mouth, a dentist may use X-rays to make a diagnosis and form a plan for orthodontic treatment.

What is the Process for Pediatric Dental X-Rays?

X-rays are quick and simple for children or infants of any age. Your child will be seated with a protective lead apron for the duration of the imaging process and will not experience discomfort.

The length of time required will depend on the type of X-rays taken. For more information about kid’s teeth X-rays at our office, contact us to speak with a helpful staff member.

When Should My Child Get X-Rays?

Though there are no specific guidelines for kids getting their first pediatric dental X-ray, most children have had their first dental X-rays by age five or six, when permanent teeth begin to erupt. However, a dentist may request earlier X-rays if a child is at high risk of tooth decay or shows signs of other potential complications. Dental X-rays may be ordered as frequently as twice per year or as little as once every few years.


What’s the purpose of dental x-rays?

Dental x-rays are used to detect a wide variety of potential oral health issues. They can show cavities, abnormalities in the teeth or jaw, potential infections, and orthodontic growth care.

What should my child and I expect?

X-rays are a very straightforward process. We’ll seat your child in the dentist’s chair and drape a lead apron over them while we take the x-rays. We use a small, flexible piece of plastic with a special film and place it in your child’s mouth, between the teeth. Then we take x-rays from multiple angles to ensure a comprehensive view.

Do x-rays hurt?

Not at all! X-rays are a safe, painless procedure. We take care to ensure your child’s comfort and relaxation throughout the entire process.

How often should my child get x-rays?

This will vary completely from child to child. Some children receive x-rays twice per year while others only get them every few years. It depends on if your child has an ongoing oral health condition or if they’re at high risk for tooth decay. Your pediatric dentist will give you a timeline appropriate for your child.

Do I get a copy of my child’s x-rays?

If you’d like, we’re happy to provide you with a copy for your personal records.

Choose Toothfairy Pediatric Dental

If you think that your child may need a pediatric dental X-ray in Reno, we encourage you to make an appointment at one of the several Reno area offices of Toothfairy Pediatric Dental. Our offices accept most dental insurance policies, including Medicaid.

Contact us online or call (775) 800-4117 to make your child’s appointment today.

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