X-rays, or radiographs, are a vital part of the dental diagnostic process and help Dr. Hayley detect much more than just cavities. Without them, certain dental conditions such as cavities, pathologies, or developmental abnormalities will likely be missed. If dental issues are found and treated early, dental care can be less invasive, more comfortable for your child, and more affordable.
At Santa Barbara Children’s Dentistry, we are very careful to minimize our patients’ radiation exposure and will only recommend what is medically necessary to provide the highest quality care. We use the most up-to-date technology that provides the least exposure possible while also using lead aprons and shields to help protect your child. Put simply, your child may receive more radiation exposure on a sunny afternoon at the beach than they receive while having their dental x-rays taken.