Dental X-Ray

Woodlands Pediatric Dentistry

Pediatric Dentists located in The Woodlands, TX & Spring, TX

Dental X-rays are a common and safe imaging test available at Woodlands Pediatric Dentistry, with offices in The Woodlands and Spring, Texas. Scott A. Andersen, DDS, and Tab R. Imdacha, DDS, use X-rays as a diagnostic tool to identify potential dental issues early, making the experience for kids both fun and educational. To learn more about the benefits of dental X-rays, schedule an appointment online or by calling the office nearest you today.

Dental X-Ray Q & A

What are dental X-rays?

Dental X-rays are imaging tests that produce images of the structure of your teeth and gums. X-rays may be necessary once a year  to check overall dental health or may be useful in diagnosing tooth or gum pain relating to:

  • Cavities
  • Tooth decay
  • Jaw problems
  • Impacted teeth

X-rays are also a common part of an initial evaluation, giving Dr. Andersen and Dr. Imdacha the ability to get a good look at overall oral health. They’re also useful in tracking the growth and development of your child’s baby and adult teeth.

Dr. Andersen and Dr. Imdacha may also request X-rays to create a treatment plan if your child has existing dental health issues. They use the information from the image to determine what types of treatment they need.

What types of dental X-rays are available?

Depending on your child’s needs and the reason for their visit, Dr. Andersen and Dr. Imdacha may request one or more types of X-rays, such as:

  • Full set: shows all your teeth and surrounding bone
  • Bitewings: show the height of the bone between teeth and the teeth above the gum line
  • Periapical: a single X-ray that shows a specific area of the mouth, often to identify the cause of tooth pain

Your child may also need a panorex X-ray, which uses equipment that rotates around your head to capture images of your whole mouth, including your jaw and teeth.

Are dental X-rays safe?

Dental X-rays use radiation to capture an image of your child’s teeth and gums. The levels of radiation in a dental X-ray are low and Dr. Andersen and Dr. Imdacha take necessary precautions to protect them from unnecessary radiation exposure, using a protective bib placed over their body.

There’s nothing special your child needs to do before a dental X-ray. The technician provides instructions for how to hold their position depending on the necessary views needed for an X-ray.

Dental X-rays cause no pain, but there may be some discomfort holding certain positions to get the desired image.

If your child is experiencing pain in their tooth or jaw, call today to schedule in-office dental X-rays at the office closest to you, or book an appointment online.