Dental X-Rays

Did you know there are parts of your child’s mouth that the dentist can’t see during a regular dental exam? Dental X-rays help us see those places so we can provide better and more thorough care.

Dental X-rays are an important step in maintaining and improving your child’s oral health and overall well-being. At Children’s Dentistry of Charlottesville, we understand that many children feel nervous or scared about getting X-rays, especially those with Special Needs. We’ll work with you as a parent or guardian to make sure your child can get the care he or she needs.

Our dentists are empathetic, gentle, and sensitive to the needs of each child. Our goal is to meet every patient’s needs individually. So we make every effort to be very patient, and never rush your child through a procedure that frightens him or her. Keep reading to learn more about our dental X-rays and how they can help your child.

How Do Dental X-Rays Work?

Modern dental X-rays are quick and straightforward. In most cases, we can take X-rays when your child comes in for a cleaning.

Dental X-rays are a safe and effective way to diagnose disease early in children. Early diagnosis allows us to treat issues faster, which often means the treatments we recommend for your child are quicker and less intensive. For example, catching a cavity when it’s small can mean the difference between a small filling and a crown or possibly even nerve treatments.

Dental X-rays show us areas like:

  • Surfaces between teeth
  • Unerupted, developing teeth
  • The underlying bone

We will discuss the results of your child’s X-rays with you in detail, communicate any recommendations we may have, and then make sure you get all your questions answered.

What Our Patients Say


testimonialThe atmosphere is positive and we actually like going to the dentist for the first time ever! Highly recommended for any family!

— Adrianna T.


Call Children’s Dentistry of Charlottesville at (434) 817-1817 or contact us online to learn more about how dental X-rays can help your child.

Frequently Asked Questions

How safe are X-rays?

Modern dental x-rays are very safe. Our state-of-the-art digital equipment exposes your child to a much lower radiation level than traditional film x-rays.

The amount of radiation exposure a person receives by spending a weekend at the beach, living in a brick house all year, or flying on a cross country flight exceeds the amount of radiation exposure from our equipment.

How often do children need X-rays?

For most children, we recommend X-rays once a year. Since we recommend a dental exam approximately every 6 months, we usually take X-rays at every other dental exam.

My child has Special Needs and has trouble at the dentist. Can you still do X-rays?

Yes, most of the time we’re still able to perform basic dental x-rays, exams, and cleanings for children who have Special Needs. In fact, our dentists have a lot of experience with and enjoy working with kids who have special needs, including kids with Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, children on the Autism Spectrum, and children who deal with dental anxiety.

We’ll do everything we can to help your child relax and get the dental care they need. In some cases, we recommend nitrous oxide (laughing gas) or other sedation dentistry options. If you have any questions or concerns at any point, please let us know. We want you and your child to be completely comfortable.

What if I don’t want to do X-rays? Is it optional?

As with any dental treatment we suggest, it’s your right to decide what you think is best for you, your child, and your family. We’re here to provide professional recommendations based on our dental expertise, but if you don’t feel comfortable with X-rays, we’ll respect your decision.

We never want our patients or their parents to feel uncomfortable or pressured into treatments they don’t want.

Dental Exam Testimonial


Children’s Dentistry of Charlottesville is a fantastic dental practice. Very nice and friendly staff. I’m super picky when choosing places to take my child and I definitely think they’re top notch!

–Julie R.

Do you accept insurance or Medicaid?

Yes! We accept Medicaid and many other insurance plans, including those from:

  • Anthem
  • United Concordia
  • Cigna
  • Metlife
  • Guardian
  • Delta Dental

Do I need to do anything to prepare for my child’s X-rays?

Preparing for an X-ray is pretty simple. You just need to bring your child and his or her teeth. If you’re coming in for an exam and an X-ray at the same time, we also recommend you:

  • Be prepared to discuss your child’s medical history with the dentist
  • Have a list of any medications your child is currently taking (both prescription and over the counter)
  • Tell us about any sudden changes in your child’s health (including developing a cold or flu)

A few other tips:

  • It may help to encourage your child to wear a favorite t-shirt or comfortable clothing to help them feel relaxed.
  • Bringing a favorite toy or blanket for your child can help relieve anxiety.
  • If you have questions or concerns you’d like to discuss with the dentist, let us know. We’ll make time to get through all of them.

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