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Children and Dental X rays

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Dental X rays types and reasons why kids need them 

Bite wing X rays

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The purpose of bite wing X rays (radiographs) is to allow dentists to see decay in between the teeth. These images let the doctor see what cannot be seen by the naked eye. Decay, the beginning signs of decay and other potential problems can be seen with this type of X ray. The first bite wing X rays are usually taken around the ages 5 to 6 years old. This is when children get their first permanent molars.

 Occlusal X rays

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Occlusal X rays show the roof or floor of the mouth. Our office takes this type of X ray between the ages of 3 to 5 years old. We are looking for any abnormalities. If your child has had any trauma to the face and teeth, we would take this type of X ray. The doctor would be checking for damage to permanent teeth still below the gum line.

 Panoramic X ray

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Panoramic films show the pediatric dentist and the orthodontist many things at once. This type of X ray reveals if your child has missing permanent teeth, if your child has extra teeth, eruption pattern, bone health, impacted teeth, the TMJ, and shows the doctors conditions such as crowding. An orthodontist uses a panoramic X ray to help determine if a patient needs braces. This type of X ray is not for diagnosing cavities.

 Cephalometric X ray

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If your child needs braces or any orthodontic treatment, the orthodontist will use a CEPH X ray to diagnose misalignment of the jaw and bite problems. This film is also used to monitor growth and development of the jaws in relationship to the teeth.

Dental X rays are very safe and expose your child to a minimal amount of radiation. Golden Kids Dental and Orthodontics uses the RVG 6100 size 0 sensor designed specifically for pediatric patients. This sensor has up to 40% less radiation when compared to the size 1 sensor. Our settings are set for children and we protect our little patients with a lead apron that includes the neck collar to protect the thyroid.