Digital x-rays, also known as digital radiographs, are done with an annual dental examination to allow a better view of your oral health. X-rays allow our dental team to diagnose concerns that are not visible by the naked eye, and to learn about the health of the inside of your mouth like your teeth, gums, and jaw. There are several oral health conditions that can be diagnosed with digital images such as decay, cavities, cysts, abscesses, bone atrophy, and impactions. When these conditions are discovered early, they may have more effective and less invasive treatment options. During your annual exam at People's Dental in Springfield, MA, x-rays will help our team to accurately diagnose and treat oral health conditions.
In most cases, x-rays are a part of your dental exam. They can be administered as part of a preventive dental treatment plan or if you are experiencing pain in your mouth. Though digital x-rays use less radiation than film x-rays, People's Dental likes to minimize patient exposure. While they are usually safe for any patient, women who are breastfeeding or may be pregnant should talk to a team member at the beginning of the appointment so extra precautions can be taken.
What to Expect
Often done at the beginning of your dental exam, digital x-rays take about 5 – 10 minutes to complete. Most patients will have a series of x-rays taken to include all areas. After they are complete, they are uploaded to be viewed during your examination. Our team will assess if there are any areas of concern and go over treatment options.
A series of digital images will generally be taken once a year at your dental exam. For some visits, a whole mouth series may be performed to get a more comprehensive view of the teeth, gums, and jaw. Your digital images will be stored in your oral health file at People's Dental so our team can view changes over time and chart any developing problems.
Usually, dental insurance will include and cover digital imaging costs as part of a dental exam. Our office will contact your insurance company to estimate any balances. For any out-of-pocket expenses or if you don't have dental insurance, People's Dental accepts many payment methods and can give you information on medical financing.
X-rays are an advanced technology that can help diagnose and treat oral issues. As a part of a regular dental exam, they are able to give a unique view and assist in the diagnosis of developing conditions. For improved dental health, contact our office in Springfield, MA to schedule your next dental exam with digital x-rays.