Oral examinations – We will evaluate any health concerns you may have and Dr. Morceau will examine your child’s teeth, gums and mouth. Whether the exam is problem focused or completed after the usual 6 month visit, the exam allows us to identify cavities and other dental problems, and create a custom treatment plan if any issues are present. Dr. Morceau will also evaluate growth and development during this exam.
Digital radiographs (X-rays) – These are a fast and safe tool utilized to assess your child’s oral health. They emit less radiation than conventional X-rays and transmit the images directly to our computer system in seconds. Digital X-rays help identify cavities, especially those in between the teeth, infections of the tooth root and other potential dental problems that can’t be seen with the naked eye. With digital X-rays, we use small, comfortable sensors that are ideal for your child’s small mouth.
The three most common types of X-rays:
Bitewing X-rays show upper and lower teeth in one image from the crown to about the level of the bone that supports the teeth. They are used to detect decay between teeth and changes caused by bone disease.
Periapical X-rays show the entire tooth (in the selected area), from the crown to beyond the end of the root where the tooth is attached in the jaw. These X-rays can find problems below the gums, including impacted teeth, abscesses, cysts or other problems.
Panoramic X-rays capture the entire mouth in a two-dimensional image with a single X-ray. These X-rays are used to detect positions of un-erupted teeth, abscesses and other problems. They are also used for planning orthodontic treatment and to evaluate growth and development.
Panoramic or Periapical X-rays can be used to monitor the development of wisdom teeth in late adolescence. Dental X-rays are safe but while all X-rays expose the individual to radiation not all X-ray equipment is equal. At My Kids’ Dentists, we use Digital Radiography, the latest in X-ray technology, which decreases the radiation exposure by 80 – 90% when compared to traditional film X-rays. In addition, we follow all safety protocols to further minimize exposure including the use of lead aprons and shields.