Digital x-rays or radiographs are administered during a dental exam to provide a more thorough picture of your teeth and gums. They make it easier to diagnose problems that are not visible and to understand more about your oral health by showing the interior of your teeth, gums, and jawbone. There are numerous dental and oral problems that may be diagnosed with digital x-rays, including tooth decay, cavities, abscesses, cysts, bone loss, and tooth impaction. If these problems are found in the early stages, you can be treated more efficiently with more treatment options. As part of your dental exam at SEDA Dental in South Florida, digital x-rays will help our team to properly diagnose and correct dental issues.
For most patients, digital x-rays are included in a routine dental examination. They may be performed as a preventive measure or if you are concerned about dental issues of any kind. Even though digital x-rays emit significantly less radiation compared to traditional x-rays, SEDA Dental prefers to limit the amount of exposure that is delivered to every patient. Although digital x-rays are typically safe for all patients, female patients who are pregnant or breastfeeding should tell a member of our team at the start of their exam so that extra cautionary steps may be taken.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Typically performed at the start of a dental cleaning or exam, digital imaging takes around 5 – 10 minutes to do. Many patients will receive a set of x-rays to show the needed areas of the mouth. Once they are taken, they will be uploaded to be viewed throughout your appointment. We will be able to show you any abnormalities and discuss what treatments may be needed.
A set of digital x-rays will typically be taken once a year at your annual dental examination. During certain exams, a full mouth set may be taken for a comprehensive view of your teeth, gums, and jawbone. Your digital x-rays will be kept with your file at SEDA Dental so we can watch for trends and address any areas of concern.
Typically, a dental insurance plan will cover the cost of digital x-rays as part of a routine dental examination. Our office can talk to your insurance provider to determine potential costs. If you have any remaining costs or if you are not using insurance, SEDA Dental takes several methods of payment, and we can help you find financing.
Digital x-rays are a great tool that can help to diagnose oral health problems. As part of an annual dental examination, digital x-rays can provide a better understanding that allows for the identification of any hidden issues to be addressed before you feel pain. To improve your oral health, contact our team in South Florida to make an appointment for your dental examination with digital x-rays.