Dental x-rays, also called radiographs, are used to monitor for and diagnose oral diseases such as cavities and gum disease. X-rays can also evaluate trauma as well as monitor dento-facial development. They provide critical information to detect disease far earlier than can be detected with the eyes alone. At smiLee, we use the latest technology available in digital x-rays to reduce the amount of radiation to a minimal dose. In addition to the latest technology, we also use the fastest image receptors, the smallest beam required to capture the xray, and protective lead aprons on all children.
Not all children require radiographs at every visit. At SmiLee, we follow the American Dental Association and the Food & Drug Administration recommendations for prescribing dental radiographs. Your child will have radiographs recommended based on their risk for dental decay and stage of dental development. For every child, we follow the As Low as Reasonably Achievable (ALARA) Principle.