We want nothing but the best for our children, especially when it comes to their health. And while a fact of life that they will lose those baby teeth, it doesn’t give any reason to neglect their dental health. Dental appointments should start early, so any issues can be caught before they become worsened. X-rays are valuable diagnostic tools dentists may use to help evaluate your child’s teeth and your dentist may suggest getting one done every six months in order to track progress. Here is a quick x-ray rundown:
Bitewing x-rays. These X-rays are used to view the areas between teeth to show where cavities are starting, but only done once the molars make contact. In some children, this doesn’t happen until the first permanent molar has erupted.
Periapical x-rays. Periapical x-rays show the supporting bone structure of the teeth and the permanent teeth growing below the baby teeth and used to look for abscesses and gum disease.
Panoramic x-rays. These x-rays are used to view all of the teeth on one film, especially to show the upper and lower jaws, the temporomandibular joints (TMJs) and the sinuses above the upper teeth. They are often used if a child has hurt his or her face, has orthodontic problems, or is mentally or physically disabled.
Occlusal x-rays. Used to view most of the upper or lower teeth on one film, these are useful when the dentist does not have a panoramic x-ray machine.
Orthodontic x-rays (cephalometric or lateral skull). Used to evaluate growth of the jaws and the relationship of bones in the skull, these help to make an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan.
To learn more about x-rays, call Dr. David Musarra at Dental Associates of Hoboken at 201-795-2111. Also visit the website at www.hobokenpediatricdentistry.com.
Dr. David Musarra proudly accepts patients from Hoboken and all surrounding areas.