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Digital Xrays in Hurst,TX

Digital X-rays in Hurst, TX

Dental X-rays help us to see parts of the teeth that are not visible to the naked eye. They are an important tool for diagnosing tooth decay, evaluating the formation of permanent teeth, diagnosing bone diseases, obtaining information about tooth and bone injuries, and planning orthodontic treatments.

At Hurst Pediatric Dentistry, we take all of our X-rays digitally so that the results are available almost instantly. Dr. Lin, our dentist, can analyze them immediately and discuss any issues he sees while also comparing the images to those from past years.

Why Do Kids Need Dental X-Rays? 

Dental X-rays allow dentists to gather information that they cannot obtain from a visual examination alone. X-rays are useful for both the diagnosis and prevention of dental issues. They help dentists

  • Assess the depth of cavities relative to the tooth’s pulp,
  • Evaluate the health of the structures that support the teeth,
  • Diagnose bone diseases and injuries,
  • Evaluate the formation of teeth that have not yet erupted,
  • Confirm the presence and precise location of dental abscesses,
  • Track familial dental anomalies,
  • And much more!

Do Toddlers Need Dental X-Rays? 

Toddlers generally do not need dental X-rays. However, there are special circumstances that can make dental X-rays for toddlers necessary. For example, if your toddler sustains a serious injury to the mouth, X-rays are sometimes needed to assess the resulting tooth damage.

At Hurst Pediatric Dentistry, we examine each patient on a case-by-case basis. If there is a need for a toddler to get X-rays, we perform them safely and quickly. Dr. Lin understands that kids lack the patience for more prolonged procedures, and he walks them through their X-rays so they feel comfortable.

How Often Do Kids Need Dental X-Rays? 

In order to minimize your child’s exposure to radiation, we perform X-rays on an as-needed basis, rather than making them a routine part of every patient’s check-up. Therefore, the frequency at which we take X-rays is determined based on your child’s individualized needs, taking into consideration factors such as your child’s age, oral health, risk for tooth decay, and reported symptoms.

Keep in mind that children generally require dental X-rays more frequently than adults because their teeth and jaws are still developing.

Are X-Rays Safe for Kids?

Yes, pediatric dental X-rays are considered safe, as long as appropriate precautions are taken. The amount of radiation exposure from dental X-rays is very, very small. For comparison, two bitewing X-rays (X-rays that help dentists look for cavities between the back teeth) expose your child to approximately the same amount of radiation as a four-hour airplane ride.

Still, children should not be exposed to radiation unnecessarily. At Hurst Pediatric Dentistry, we are always mindful about minimizing your child’s exposure to radiation. Before recommending an X-ray, we carefully balance the risk of radiation exposure against the dental health benefits that the X-rays will provide for your child. We use low radiation, high speed digital X-ray equipment, which greatly reduces the amount of radiation exposure as compared to traditional X-ray equipment, and we use lead aprons and thyroid collars to further protect your child.

Make an Appointment for Your Child's Dental X-Rays Today

Hurst Pediatric Dentistry is located in Hurst, Texas, and provides pediatric dental care to patients across Hurst, Euless, Bedford, North Richland Hills, Colleyville, Keller, Southlake, Fort Worth and the surrounding area. Call us today at (817) 510-6400 to schedule your pediatric dental X-rays, or fill out our online booking form.

This article is intended to provide general information about oral health topics. It should not be used to diagnose or treat any disease or as a substitute for the advice of a healthcare professional who is fully aware of and familiar with the specifics of your case. Always seek the advice of your dentist or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or treatment.

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