Digital X-Rays Overview
To fully evaluate your oral health, Dr. Tuan (Anthony) Ly will check your mouth, teeth, and gums for cavities, tooth decay, and damaged or broken restorations. While a simple examination can be helpful, digital x-rays allow Dr. Ly to understand what's really happening beneath the gums. There are certain problems that can only be evaluated through this method, including cavities under restorations and in between the teeth, cysts, and bone loss. Made Ya Smile performs digital x-rays every year or when specific issues call for radiographic evaluation.
At our clinic in Missouri City, TX, our dental team is dedicated to giving patients a high level of care, which includes the use of digital x-rays. These are a safe, healthy alternative to traditional film as they emit 90 percent less radiation. Not only that, they produce images with greater accuracy for diagnosis. To learn more information about the benefits of digital x-rays, contact our clinic.
Best Candidates for Digital X-Rays
Digital x-rays have many advantages over traditional film, including getting a detailed view of your teeth and its roots, bone, and jaw. Because this tool emits a low amount of radiation, we only take these images when necessary for diagnostic or preventive purposes. Dr. Ly takes many special precautions at Made Ya Smile to protect your oral health and minimize your exposure. If you are pregnant or believe you could be pregnant, please inform a member of our team. You should know that digital imaging is completely safe for children and adults alike for the assessment of specific issues such as pain or facial trauma.
X-rays help our staff provide a comprehensive assessment by showing:
- Infected teeth, or decay between teeth or under fillings
- Broken or cracked restorations
- Impacted or misaligned teeth
- Unerupted teeth and other developmental patterns
- Cysts, abscesses, or tumors
- Bone loss in the jaw
- Other abnormalities of the teeth and jaw
What to Expect with Digital X-Rays
Made Ya Smile takes digital x-rays at the very beginning of your appointment in Missouri City, TX so Dr. Ly can refer to them during your visit. Patients should know that digital x-rays are an efficient, low-radiation alternative to traditional film and only takes about ten minutes to complete. To start, a member of our staff will take a sensor and place it in different areas of your mouth next to the teeth. These images are transmitted to your record on our state-of-the-art computers. Digital x-rays are an excellent way to see any concerning issues.
Digital X-Rays Follow-Up
Dr. Ly may take different types of digital x-rays based on your symptoms, whether you need restorative or preventive treatment, and the date of your last exam. If this is your first visit with our facility, we may get a panoramic x-ray to assess your teeth, jaw, and bone. Our staff will need to repeat this process every 3 – 5 years to monitor your bite over time. We will also take annual bitewing x-rays to allow Dr. Ly to watch for changes such as bone level and cavity formation. By taking these images of your mouth preventatively, we can detect issues early on and treat them before you require more extensive dental care.
Digital X-Rays Insurance Coverage
Dental x-rays are typically performed as part of your overall treatment, which means most dental insurance plans will offer coverage depending on how often you need them. Patients are allowed one bitewing x-ray each year and a full mouth series or panoramic x-rays every 3 – 5 years. Our financial staff will call your provider to confirm your benefits, however. Made Ya Smile also offers flexible third-party financing and convenient methods for payment.
Thanks to new advanced technologies, low-radiation digital x-rays are safer and more convenient for patients of any age. Dr. Ly uses digital x-rays at Made Ya Smile as a preventive and diagnostic tool to accurately identify your dental issues and plan the right procedures to correct them. Our clinic in Missouri City, TX strongly believes digital x-rays are an essential part of improving your oral health for a lasting smile. To schedule your appointment, get in touch with a member of our team.