Dental x-rays are an important tool for the team at Tooth Fairy Pediatric Dental. As the teeth and jaw mature, baby teeth x-rays and kids’ teeth x-rays provide pediatric dentists an enhanced view of a child’s oral health development and the underlying problems that may lead to complications.
Does My Child Need Dental 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 baby teeth x-rays to gauge the development and placement of permanent teeth. Sometimes kids’ teeth x-rays reveal other underlying problems not detectable with a visual exam, like missing or extra teeth.
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 infant or child’s teeth x-ray may be necessary to identify the source of the issue. 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 Baby Teeth X-Rays?
Kids’ teeth 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 children’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 the first baby teeth x-ray, most children have had their first pediatric dental x-rays in Reno by age 5 or 6, 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.
Choose Tooth Fairy Pediatric Dental
If you think that your child may need an x-ray of their baby teeth in Reno, we encourage you to make an appointment at one of the several Reno area offices of Tooth Fairy Pediatric Dental. Our offices accept most dental insurance policies, including Medicaid.