About Digital Dental X-Rays
Generally performed during dental examinations at Cranston Dental Group, digital dental x-rays (radiographs) allow our practitioners to diagnose problems that are not visible to the naked eye and understand more about the internal health of your teeth and jaw. There are a number of dental conditions that can be identified through x-rays, including cavities (tooth decay) between teeth, cysts, abscesses, bone loss, and tooth impaction. When these conditions are detected early, Cranston and Warwick, RI patients may have more effective and less invasive treatment options. For more on how digital dental x-rays may benefit your oral health, contact our friendly team today!
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Who Is a Candidate for Dental X-Rays?
People of all ages may be candidates for dental x-rays. For most patients, x-rays are taken on a preventive basis, usually during a routine dental examination and cleaning visit. Our team may also take x-rays as needed to evaluate specific concerns (such as tooth pain), to facilitate a dental procedure, or to address a dental emergency. Though digital x-rays use significantly less radiation than film x-rays, Cranston Dental Group prefers to minimize patient exposure. Women who are pregnant or who may be pregnant should inform our team upon arrival so that extra cautionary steps may be taken. Digital dental x-rays allow us to screen for:
- Cavities between teeth and under restorations
- Bone loss in the jaw (from gum disease)
- Cysts, tumors, and abscesses
- Damaged fillings or other restorations
- Impacted teeth (such as wisdom teeth)
- Curved tooth roots and malpositioned teeth
- Delayed tooth eruption pattern
What to Expect During X-Rays
At Cranston Dental Group, our team uses advanced digital dental radiography, which emits significantly less radiation than traditional films and offers a faster, safer, and more comfortable diagnostic process. Often performed at the start of your dental exam, digital imaging generally takes less than five minutes to complete. Our well-trained team uses a small x-ray sensor to take digital x-rays that transmit crisp, high-quality images directly to your patient chart. These images can be enlarged to reveal even greater detail and allow for earlier diagnosis of oral conditions in a number of cases.
X-Ray Frequency and Follow-Up
Most patients will have check-up x-rays, known as bitewings, taken periodically to assess their jawbone level and screen for cavities between their teeth. A more comprehensive set may be taken every few years to evaluate the teeth and jaws as a whole. In some cases, we may take individual x-rays, called periapicals, to examine a tooth, its root(s), and surrounding bone tissue. Once the x-rays are completed, our team will review them and use them throughout your visit. We will point out any areas of concern and discuss any recommended treatment options. We will save the digital images in your chart so our team can identify trends and address any developing concerns in the future.
Insurance Coverage for Dental X-Rays
Many dental insurance plans cover dental radiographs on a periodic basis as part of a dental examination. Our office will review your individual plan and let you know if you should anticipate any personal expenses. If you have any out-of-pocket expenses or do not carry insurance, Cranston Dental Group accepts several payment methods and can help you choose an option that best meets your needs.
Detect Dental Problems Early On
Digital x-rays are an essential diagnostic tool that we use to help all patients enjoy healthy, beautiful smiles. These advanced images can give us a better understanding of your oral health and often allow for earlier detection of tooth decay and other oral concerns. To protect your family's oral health, contact our team in Cranston, RI today to schedule your exam visit with digital dental x-rays.