What’s cooler than seeing how the inside of your mouth really looks? Not much if you’re a kid, and the digital X-rays offered at Kids Dental are like taking an archaeological look into the darkest, deepest corners of your jaw. Dental radiographs, also known as digital X-rays, are used for a number of reasons. They can help pinpoint dental structures that are hidden, identify masses, and even find those tricky cavities and any bone irregularities that might not show up to the naked eye. In Centralia, Washington, Kids Dental is your pediatric dental leader—and we have the state of the art technology to prove it.
In a dental X-ray, the teeth seem lighter since less radiation penetrates them. However, don’t let the word “radiation” scare you (or your child). The amount of radiation used in a dental X-ray is so scarce that it’s just about as dangerous as standing next to a microwave while you heat up those after-school treats. Most doses are around 0.150 mSv. While teeth look lighter, problem areas like cavities, infections and other red flags look darker. It’s easier for X-rays to penetrate these areas because they’re less dense. Likewise, any fillings or crowns may be exceptionally bright or dark, and it’s exciting for dentists to help your child spot these idiosyncrasies.
Dressed for the Occasion – Digital X-Rays
If it’s your child’s first X-ray, their hygienist will explain the procedure in full. Even though the radiation amount is small, kids are still protected with a lead apron and lead collar. It can be a little heavy, but when you’re kitted out like a knight in shining armor, that doesn’t really matter. There are many types of dental X-rays that may be required. One is the periapical view, which snaps X-rays of both posterior and anterior teeth. This series is taken when the dentist needs to see everything from the root to the tip, often when a child is complaining of tooth pain.
A bitewing view visualizes the crowns of posterior teeth, and it’s common when dentists need to take a closer look at restorations. Occlusion views are necessary to see the skeletal anatomy of the jaw, and a full mouth series is—you guessed it—an X-ray of the whole mouth. It’s a mixed bag of all types of X-rays.
Who knew your mouth could be so interesting, and such a treasure trove of information? Getting an X-ray isn’t scary at all plus, unlike those school pictures, there’s no need to worry about getting your hair or outfit just right.