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Dental X-Rays FAQ Part II

Last time, we took a look at a few questions most patients have about dental x-rays. This week, we’re going to dig a bit deeper to cover some additional questions or concerns related to dental x-rays.

Are Dental X-Rays Safe for Kids?

Many parents are worried about exposing their children to x-ray radiation. However, the amount of radiation associated with a dental x-ray is extremely small. This means a dental x-ray is usually perfectly safe for children.

You can limit the need for dental x-rays by teaching your children strong oral hygiene habits. By reducing the risk of periodontal disease, you also reduce the need for dental x-rays.

Are Dental X-Rays Safe During Pregnancy?

It is considered safe for a pregnant woman to have a dental x-ray completed. However, you will want to ensure to take all the proper precautions to shield the baby from radiation. While there is very minimal radiation exposure during a dental x-ray, proper precautions are always advised.

What Are Panoramic Dental X-Rays?

A panoramic dental x-ray is a type of examination where your entire mouth is captured in a single image. During a panoramic dental x-ray examine, the patient stands still while the x-ray machine rotates around the patients head. During this examination, a complete two-dimensional image of the mouth will be produced.

A panoramic dental x-ray will show the teeth, upper and lower jaws, and any surrounding tissue or structures.

What Are Digital Dental X-Rays?

Digital dental x-rays are the newest form of dental x-ray. Using the latest technology, the digital dental x-ray creates a computer-generated image of the patient’s mouth. Like the panoramic dental x-ray, a digital dental x-ray allows your dentist to get a closer look at your teeth and jaw. However, because it is viewed on a screen, digital dental x-rays provide a 3D like view.

If you’re in need of dental x-rays or you still have questions about them, feel free to contact Dr. Anderson and his team at their Kansas City, MO cosmetic dentistry office. To schedule an appointment, give us a call at 816.454.3336.

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