Dental X-Rays

Dental X-rays or radiographs, are important diagnostic tools in dentistry.  X-rays allow the dentist to diagnose tooth decay, infections, cysts, tumors, extra teeth, missing teeth, impacted teeth, misalignment, bone injuries, and bone diseases.

Are X-rays Safe?

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) approves the use of dental X-rays for diagnostic purposes in children and adults.  Although dental X-rays only emit tiny amounts of radiation and are safe to use on an occasional basis, the AAPD guidelines aim to protect young people from unnecessary X-ray exposure.  Our office uses state of the art digital x-ray systems which decrease exposure by 70% compared to the old film systems. 

When will my child need dental X-rays?

Individual circumstances dictate how often a child needs to have dental X-rays taken.  Children at high risk of dental problems may need X-rays more often.   On average, children may begin taking a minimum amount of X-rays around age 3 or 4.

Children at average or below average risk for tooth decay and orthodontic problems should have a set of dental X-rays taken every one to two years.  Even in cases where the pediatric dentist suspects no decay at all, it is still important to periodically monitor tooth and jaw growth – primarily to ensure there is sufficient space available for incoming permanent teeth.

If the oral region has been subject to trauma or injury, the pediatric dentist may want to X-ray the mouth immediately.  Developments in X-ray technology mean that specific areas of the mouth can be targeted and X-rayed separately, reducing the amount of unnecessary X-ray exposure.

If you have questions or concerns about dental X-rays, please contact your pediatric dentist.


Our Irvine, CA Pediatric Dentists and Orthodontists at Irvine Children's Dentistry are dental professionals dedicated to excellence in pediatric dentistry and orthodontics (braces) for children and teens. Available treatments include dental cleanings, comprehensive exams, digital x-rays, sealants, fluoride treatments, white fillings, crowns, root canal treatments, extractions, emergency care, laser dentistry, gum surgery, cosmetic dentistry, orthodontics, Invisalign, braces and more.

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Irvine, CA, 92612
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