Children’s Dental X-Rays

Dental x-rays for children in Las Vegas

Dental x-rays for children in Las Vegas are a critical step in detecting, preventing, and treating oral health issues for your children. Dental x-rays for your child’s teeth give your dentist a more thorough picture of how your child’s teeth and jaw are developing and enable the dentist to see any underlying issues. This allows your dentist to develop a better treatment plan for your child so that their teeth mature in a normal, healthy way.

When Are Dental X-Rays for Kids Necessary?

Dental x-rays for children in Las Vegas

At Children’s Dentistry of Las Vegas, child dental x-rays are a standard procedure at each of our practices and are primarily used for preventative purposes. It is common for kids to receive their dental x-ray around age 5 or 6 as their permanent teeth begin to erupt, though your dentist may request x-rays earlier if they suspect any potential oral complications. Because not every oral health issue may be seen by the naked eye, these x-rays provide the dentist with a glimpse inside the teeth and below the gumline.

X-rays can help your dentist see things like extra or missing teeth, cavities, infections, and how the teeth and mouth are healing following an injury. X-rays for your kid’s teeth are also an important part of developing an orthodontic treatment plan for your child, as the x-rays provide insight into how your child’s teeth will grow.

How The X-Ray Procedure Works

Kids Under Three

We understand and appreciate the concerns that parents may have regarding the safety of a child’s dental x-ray in Las Vegas. It is important for parents to understand that thanks to our use of state-of-the-art technology, getting teeth x-rays for your child is a safe and painless procedure. This technology allows us to successfully x-ray your child’s teeth while reducing the amount of radiation to which your child is exposed.

During the x-ray procedure, your child will be seated and provided with a lead apron as a precautionary measure. Depending on the type of x-ray being performed, the length of time required for the procedure may vary. Our dental x-ray technician will operate the machine, working with your child to make sure they are calm and the image is accurate.

Once the x-ray has been developed and their dentist has had an opportunity to review it, they will share the results with you and take any necessary steps to address oral health issues or concerns.

FAQ Questions

What are x-rays used to detect?

Dental x-rays can reveal a number of aspects of oral health. As a key part of the exam process, x-rays can detect cavities, oral infection, abnormalities in the teeth and jaw, and potential orthodontic growth patterns in conjunction with preventative dental care.

What should my child expect?

During the x-ray process, your child will be seated in the dentist’s chair and given a lead apron to wear while the x-rays are taken. A small, flexible piece will be positioned between the teeth, and x-rays will be taken from multiple angles to ensure a comprehensive view. We take special care to make sure children are comfortable and relaxed throughout the process.

When should my child get their first x-ray?

Dental x-rays are typically recommended around the time that a child’s permanent teeth begin to emerge, typically around five or six years of age.

Are x-rays dangerous?

No, the x-ray process is both completely safe and painless.

Do I get to keep a copy of my child’s dental x-rays?

Yes, we’re happy to provide copies of your child’s dental x-rays for your personal reference and records.

Schedule Your X-Ray Today

Children’s Dentistry of Las Vegas, child dental x-rays are an important part of our dentists’ toolkits, enabling them to provide your family with the best possible dental care. Teeth x-rays for kids are covered under most dental insurance as well as Medicaid.

If you still have concerns, our team will be happy to answer your questions that you may have about pediatric dental x-rays. Once you’re ready to schedule your child’s next dental appointment, contact us today.