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age to begin xrays

At what age do you begin recommending films?



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We look at each child on an individual basis. Depending upon their maturity, cooperative nature, spacing between teeth, size and shape of mouth, we generally at least try BWX by age of 4. If it doesn’t work, we continue every six months trying until we get them. Sometimes we get lucky and can take them on 3yr olds, but that takes the exceptional child. Pano exposure usually waits until we are looking for any 6yr molars, centrals or laterals that may be delayed in erupting. So usually by age 7 or 8 dependent upon the child.

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In the offices I’ve worked in we took occlusal films around 2-3 and bitewings when they can close down. Each child is different.

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Bitewings at 5, pano at 4, and PA’s when needed.

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Our office and my personal preference is BWX at 5 years of age. Also the foam bite tabs work amazing!!!!

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Pedo sensor BW at 4, pan at 5

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It all depends. It’s not an age decision it’s a clinical decision . It depends On the child and wether or not they have molars in contact. I have taken bws on a 2year 10 month old very cooperative child with tight contacts and he had 8 interproximals not clinically visible. I try to get max and mand occlusal X-rays at the first appt that I am taking bws at. I have seen many children with mesioden or ongenially missing anterior teeth.

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Our office policy is similar to “imgrinnin’s” response. It can vary widely depending on the maturity of the child, spacing and how wide their mouth can open to accommodate the digital sensor.

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Our office takes bws at around age 4 or 5 depending on if they can close all the way down, and we dont take the first pano until 8-9 are erupted then another pano around 13-14

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In the past with a size zero sensor; I have taken them at age 3-4.
Now I have only a size 2 sensor,so I have to keep trying until they can do it.
When I have been suspicious of IP decay,then I have to get creative and take 4 pa’s.

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BWX at 6-7 yrs unless there is an issue that requires a PA prior to.

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BWX at 5-6yrs. As soon as the sensor can fit.

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I decide by what I see looking in the child’s mouth. I recommend a Panorex if under 5 years old with clinical decay starting or missing teeth. I will wait until the child seems ready to handle the sensor so I don’t cause discomfort. If they have decay you want to view they should also be ready to start restorative work . Most children that look pretty healthy can wait until around 5 to 6 to have a good positive experience with a digital traditional sensor to give us the information we need at a reasonable age .

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This is definitely a clinical decision. The first films should be taken when the interproximal spaces can no longer be visualized in the molars. These are the recommendations by the American academy of pediatric dentistry. However you must also consider the parent’s preferences, child’s behavior etc.

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It depends on the child. I’ve taken bwx on 3 year olds that were cooperative.

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Our office usually starts around the age of six. There are times when we have to X-ray at an earlier age depending on the condition of the child’s teeth. It really depends on several different factors.

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Everyone is different but as a general guideline I would say that I typically take first pano around four or five and first bwxs around five or six.

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I take bwx as soon as able to, usually age 4. I take first pano at age 10 unless we have cause to take it sooner. I take fmx on 20 years and older.

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BWX’s at 5 if they can tolerate ( or if suspected caries, than younger). PAN’s at 9 if they are not being seen and imaged at ortho. Obviously we evaluate individual patient needs and procede with necessary tx, but this is our usual schedule.

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Our office starts at age 6 with BW and PAN. I have taken BW earlier if child seems to be cavity prone and doc wants to see interproximals.

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It depends on the child in the office I work at. Some kids are more mature and follow direction better. Others are scared or hyper and can’t sit still in order to get an xray taken.

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At my office we try to begin with occlusals around 3 yrs old and bitewings around 4 of 5 if the child can tolerate them. Unfortunately I see a lot of small children with caries, sometime rampant so we try to get xrays as soon as possible for kids.

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I take pano or bwx or pa’s when the patient lets me. Do not want to scare them at a too young of an age. My youngest was less than a year old which was an occlusal of maxillary because his maxillary deciduous canines came in first and mom was worried he was missing teeth. Youngest for pano and bwx was 3 years.

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Every place I have worked so far it’s a case by case thing. If the child will cooperate @ 5 long enough for a pano then I will attempt, same thing for bwx’s if the child will bite down not spit it out or push it out and not move around or freak our out I usually can get them. I always attempt bwx’s on children 5 yrs + if bwx’s have not been obtained previously. Also when attempt I will not fight or struggle too long to get them because of the fact that I do not want to ruin any future visits for the pt. I don’t worry too much if I just can’t get them when the child is ready we will get them until then I’m not forcing anything on a kid. Ultimately the last thing I want is for the child to see me or the dentist as a bad guy & not want to return.

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