Pediatric Dental Professionals

Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics located in Austin, TX

When you want the best in dental care, you need care providers who have years of experience and the latest in state-of-the-art equipment. At Pediatric Dental Professionals in Austin, Texas, the skilled and caring team of pediatric dentist Danny Watts, DDS, and orthodontist Stephen Robirds, DDS, offer you both. They use the latest advanced equipment, including a digital X-ray machine, to plan your treatment so you can enjoy peak oral health. Book online or by phone today!

X-Rays Q & A

What are X-rays?

X-rays are images of your child's teeth. They show the entire tooth structure so Dr. Watts and Dr. Robirds can identify problems, predict emerging issues, and plan your child's dental and orthodontic care. Pediatric Dental Professionals uses the most advanced type of X-ray imaging available, computer digital radiography, also known as digital X-rays. 

To take these X-rays, your child stands in front of sensors that instantly transmit the images to a nearby computer monitor. The process is completely painless for your child, and it only takes a matter of seconds to complete. Because the images are much larger than old-fashioned X-rays, digital X-rays allow clearer and more detailed viewing. Digital X-rays are also much quicker than old-fashioned X-rays.

Why does my child need X-rays?

X-rays reveal problems hidden problems such as:

  • Damage inside teeth
  • Decay between teeth
  • Abscesses
  • Impacted teeth

A digital X-ray also shows your child's bone anatomy, bone density, and whether adult teeth are present below the gums. The main reason to have X-rays is that this quick imaging can reveal problems in their very early stages. This allows you to take steps now to prevent pain, tooth loss, and other serious consequences for your child later. 

How often does my child need to have X-rays?

It can vary by patient. Dr. Watts or Dr. Robirds recommends X-rays when they're needed, usually as a component of your child's regular checkups. If your child has a mouth injury or suddenly develops symptoms like tooth pain, they likely need X-rays to determine the source of the damage. 

Are dental X-rays safe for my child?

According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, there is very little risk attached to X-rays in children. The digital X-rays used at Pediatric Dental Professionals reduce the amount of radiation used in the X-ray by 90%. 

The Pediatric Dental Professionals team understands that you want to minimize your child's radiation exposure as much as possible, which is why they recommend X-rays only when they're truly needed for diagnostic and planning purposes. 

The Pediatric Dental Professionals team is here to support you and your child with all dental and orthodontic care needs. Use the only booking tool or call the office for the best in compassionate pediatric dental and orthodontic care in Austin.