Digital x-rays, or radiographs, are taken during an annual exam to provide a more thorough picture of your child's teeth and jawbone health. X-rays make it easier for board-certified pediatric dentist Dr. Jeni Kong to diagnose problems that are not visible when looking in the mouth. They are an important diagnostic tool that helps her understand more about your child's oral health by showing the interior portions of teeth and the surrounding bone. There are numerous dental and oral problems that may be diagnosed with digital x-rays, including delayed eruption, tooth decay, bone loss, abscesses, cysts, and impacted teeth. If these problems are found in the early stages, we can often treat your child treated more efficiently and offer greater treatment options. Taken as part of your child's annual dental exam at Apple Tree Pediatric Dentistry in Lawrenceville, GA, digital x-rays will help Dr. Jeni more accurately diagnose and correct any dental issues.
Typically, digital x-rays are included in a routine dental examination. Digital x-rays may be performed as a preventive measure or if you are concerned about dental issues of any kind. Even though digital x-rays emit 90% less radiation compared to traditional x-rays, Apple Tree Pediatric Dentistry prefers to limit the amount of exposure that is delivered to every patient. Dr. Jeni may recommend taking yearly check-up x-rays to evaluate for hidden concerns and a panoramic x-ray every few years to monitor tooth eruption patterns. Our team is highly experienced in digital radiography and takes special cautionary steps to use lead aprons and advanced techniques in minimizing radiation exposure to our patients and their parents.
What to Expect
Typically performed at the start of a dental cleaning or exam, digital imaging only takes a few minutes to complete. Our team takes special care to make x-rays as quick and comfortable as possible using x-ray sensors designed for children. Once your child's x-rays are taken, they immediately upload into our system to be viewed by you and Dr. Jeni throughout your child's appointment. She will be able to show you any abnormalities or areas of concern and discuss what treatments may be needed.
A set of bitewing digital x-rays will typically be taken once a year at your child's annual dental examination or as needed when oral problems occur. During certain exams, a panoramic x-ray may be taken for a comprehensive view of your child's teeth, jawbone, and other oral structures. Your child's digital x-rays will be kept in their file at Apple Tree Pediatric Dentistry so Dr. Jeni can monitor their oral development, identify trends, and address any areas of concern.
Typically, a dental insurance plan will cover the cost of digital x-rays as part of a routine dental examination. Our office team at Apple Tree Pediatric Dentistry can talk to your insurance provider to determine any potential out-of-pocket costs. If you have any remaining costs or if you are not using insurance, we accept several methods of payment and can help you receive special patient financing.
Digital x-rays are a great tool that can help to diagnose developing oral health problems. As part of an annual dental examination, digital x-rays can give Dr. Jeni a better understanding of your child's oral health and address any concerns before they become greater dental needs. To improve your child's oral health, contact our team in Lawrenceville, GA and make an appointment for a dental examination with digital x-rays today.