About Digital X-Rays
Digital x-rays (radiographs) are a diagnostic service we use at Plymouth Dental Group to detect conditions of the mouth and jaw that are not readily visible upon examination. Taken as part of a routine dental exam or as needed to evaluate tooth pain or other symptoms, digital x-rays show the interior portions of the teeth and jawbone and let Dr. E. Morgan Scheiber understand more about your oral health. There are a number of dental problems that can be seen on x-rays, including cavities between teeth, abscesses, bone loss, and impacted teeth. When these issues are identified in the early stages, you can often be treated more efficiently with less invasive options. Learn more about the benefits of digital x-rays from a practice dedicated to providing the Plymouth and Kingston, MA communities with the highest standard of care.
Ideal Candidates for Digital X-Rays
Dr. Scheiber recommends x-rays on a preventive basis for patients of all ages and as needed to assess specific oral problems like oral damage or tooth pain. When compared with traditional film methods, digital x-rays are faster, produce higher quality images, and emit a safer level of radiation. Even though digital x-rays use significantly less radiation compared to traditional x-rays, Plymouth Dental Group prefers to limit patient exposure. Digital x-rays are safe for most patients; however, women who are pregnant (or think they could be) should inform our team at the start of the appointment so cautionary steps can be taken. We take x-rays to screen for concerns like:
- Decay between teeth or under restorations
- Bone loss in the jaw
- Tooth impaction
- Infected teeth
- Cysts, tumors, or abscesses
- Malpositioned tooth roots
- Delayed tooth eruption
- Orthodontic needs
- Wisdom tooth positioning
What to Expect
For most patients, digital x-rays are taken during one of their routine dental exam and cleaning visits. Often performed at the start of your appointment, digital imaging usually takes less than five minutes to complete and is generally a comfortable, easy process. Dr. Scheiber will determine the type of x-rays to be taken that best meet your diagnostic or treatment needs. Our team will place a small x-ray sensor in your mouth, next to your teeth, which transmits crisp, high-definition images of your teeth and jaw to our computer system within seconds. After your x-rays are complete, Dr. Scheiber will review your images for any areas of concern.
Following the X-Ray Process
A series of bitewing x-rays will typically be taken once a year at your dental examination. If you having a specific issue with a tooth, a periapical x-ray (which shows the entire tooth and root) may be captured. At some visits, a panoramic or full set of x-rays may be performed for a more comprehensive view of your teeth, jawbone, and other oral structures. Your x-rays will be kept in your digital patient file at Plymouth Dental Group so Dr. Scheiber can watch for changes over time and address any growing concerns.
Insurance Coverage for Radiographs
Many dental insurance plans cover digital x-rays as part of an annual dental exam and at certain intervals. Our office will review your plan to determine coverage amounts and help you maximize your benefits. For any remaining costs, or if you do not carry dental insurance, Plymouth Dental Group accepts several convenient and flexible payment solutions.
Identify Oral Concerns Early On
Digital imaging is an advanced tool that can help to diagnose and treat oral conditions as early as possible. As a key part of routine dental exams, x-rays provide Dr. Scheiber a better understanding of your oral health needs and help him plan for ideal treatment outcomes. For improved dental health, contact our team in Plymouth, MA and make an appointment for your dental exam with digital imaging.