What are dental radiographs?

We use dental radiographs, or X-rays, in the dental exams of children of all ages, because many problems with the teeth and surrounding tissues cannot be seen by the naked eye. X-rays can reveal:

  • Small areas of decay between teeth
  • Deep cavities
  • Infections in the jaw bones
  • Abscesses or cysts
  • Developmental abnormalities

The specific kind of X-rays we use in our pediatric dental practice are digital X-rays, which are not only more comfortable and accurate than conventional X-rays, but also faster and better for the environment, too. With no sharp X-ray film and no lengthy chemical processing required, the images are available on our computer screen within seconds. Studies have also found that digital X-rays emit up to 90% less radiation than conventional X-rays!