Digital X-Rays Overview
Digital x-rays, or radiographs, are performed as part of an annual dental exam to provide a more thorough picture of your oral health. Digital x-rays allow the team of board-certified dentists and specialists at West Bridgewater Dental to diagnose issues that aren't easily visible, and to understand more about your oral health by showing interior areas of your teeth and jawbone. There are many dental concerns that may be diagnosed with x-rays, including cavities (tooth decay), abscesses, cysts, tooth impactions, and bone loss. If these issues are identified in the early stages, you may have more treatment options that are less invasive. As part of your dental examination at our West Bridgewater, MA practice, digital imaging will help our experienced team diagnose and correct dental problems.
Best Candidates for Digital X-Rays
Digital images typically are included in an annual dental examination. Digital x-rays may be performed to screen for dental issues or to evaluate a specific problem. Even though digital x-rays emit significantly less radiation compared to traditional film x-rays, we try to limit each patient's exposure. Digital x-rays generally are safe for all patients. However, female patients who are breastfeeding or pregnant should inform our team at the start of their dental exam so that special cautionary steps can be taken.
What to Expect with Digital X-Rays
Generally performed at the beginning of your appointment, digital imaging takes around 5 – 10 minutes to complete. We'll take a set of x-rays that allow our skilled dentists to evaluate specific areas of the mouth. Once they are complete, the digital images will be uploaded to be viewed by you and our team throughout your exam. We can show you any issues or areas of concern and discuss possible treatments.
Digital X-Rays Follow-Up
A set of x-rays typically will be completed annually at your dental examination. At certain exams, a full mouth set may be needed for a complete view of your teeth and supporting bone. Your x-rays will be saved with other information so that our team at West Bridgewater Dental can identify trends and address any growing concerns.
Digital X-Rays Insurance Coverage
In many cases, dental insurance plans will cover the cost of digital x-rays as part of an annual dental examination. Our team can talk to your insurance provider to determine your coverage and calculate any potential out-of-pocket expenses. If you have any remaining costs or if you're not using insurance, West Bridgewater Dental accepts several methods of payment. We also can assist you in obtaining financing.
Plan Your Procedure
Digital imaging is a useful tool that can help to diagnose developing or existing health conditions. As a part of an annual dental examination, digital x-rays can give our team of dentists an in-depth understanding that allows them to identify hidden problems and often treat them before you feel pain. To improve your oral health, contact our state-of-the-art practice in West Bridgewater, MA and make an appointment for your dental examination with digital imaging.