Digital x-rays, also known as digital radiographs, are performed during an annual dental exam to allow for a comprehensive view of your oral health. X-rays allow our team of skilled dentists to diagnose concerns that are not visible to the naked eye, and to observe the inside of your teeth, jawbone, and gums. There many oral health conditions that can be detected with digital images such as decay, cavities, cysts, abscesses, bone loss, and impactions. When these conditions are discovered early, they may have more effective and less invasive treatment options. During your annual dental exam at Chestnut Hill Dental in Chestnut Hill, MA, x-rays will help our dental team accurately diagnose and treat oral health conditions.
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In most cases, x-rays are a part of your dental exam. However, they may 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, Chestnut Hill Dental likes to minimize patient exposure. While they are usually safe for any patient, women who are breastfeeding or may be pregnant should inform a member of our team at the beginning of the appointment so extra precautions can be taken.
What to Expect
Often performed 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 and can be viewed by you and the team during your examination. One of our experienced dentists will assess your images and determine if there are any areas of concern.
A series of digital images will generally be performed once a year at your dental exam. For some visits, a whole mouth series may be performed to gain a more comprehensive view of the teeth, gums, and jaw. Your digital images will be stored with your oral health file at Chestnut Hill Dental so our team can make note of 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 out-of-pocket costs. If you don't have dental insurance, Chestnut Hill Dental accepts many payment methods and can provide you with information about medical financing.
Plan Your Procedure
X-rays are an advanced technology that can help diagnose and treat oral issues. As a standard part of a regular dental exam, they give our team a detailed view and allow them to diagnose developing conditions so they can be corrected before becoming painful. For improved dental health, contact our office in Chestnut Hill, MA to schedule your next dental exam with x-rays.