X-RAYS IN KEENE, NH
When your child comes in for a cleaning, we also do a visual examination of their teeth, gums, and even the development of facial structure. However, there is only so much the naked eye can see. For example, there can be decay hiding between the teeth that a visual exam cannot find. Also, it is important to look at the development of the bones, the teeth below the gumline, and the adult teeth that are waiting in line. For those things, we need x-ray vision!
ARE THEY REALLY NECESSARY?
A dental diagnosis made without x-rays is much like a mechanic trying to tell you what’s wrong with your car but he never opened the hood. There are simply things we cannot see without x-rays. We want to ensure that we are looking at your child’s developing oral health from every angle and digital radiographs are the very best way for us to do that. We want to find cavities as soon as possible and make sure gums and bones are developing correctly. Digital radiographs allow us to see things we are just not able to with a visual examination alone.
ARE THEY SAFE FOR CHILDREN?
We completely understand a parent's concern about their child's exposure to radiation.
X-ray technology has come a long way and digital x-rays expose the patient to about 90% less radiation than traditional film radiographs. In fact, they expose patients to less radiation in one visit than a short, one-hour plane ride or even a chest x-ray. Basically, we are exposed to more radiation in a year of daily living compared to two dental visits with x rays per year. For added safety, a lead apron is used during the x-rays to provide even more reduction in exposure.
HERE'S WHAT THE DOC SAYS...
We have invested heavily in state-of-the-art digital radiography equipment. It creates an easier, less intimidating experience for your child. This process also results in 3 – 4x’s less radiation exposure for your children, all while creating more accurate and real-time imaging!
WHAT TO EXPECT
Getting x-rays as a child used to be pretty intimidating and uncomfortable, luckily times have changed. We use small digital sensors that our more comfortable for our young patients.
Our dental team is well-trained and will explain everything in terms your child will understand so they know exactly what is going on and there are no surprises. It can actually be a really fun part of their visit in our office because the digital x-rays pop up on the computer immediately after being taken and your child can see their “little kid” teeth and even their “big kid” teeth that are still hiding.