About Digital X-Rays
A modern dental office, MINT dentistry in Richardson, TX focuses on giving our patients the newest technology for an in-depth examination. This is why MINT dentistry takes digital x-rays, sometimes referred to as digital radiographs, as part of every dental exam to obtain a better view of your oral health. Digital x-rays help our staff of board-certified doctors to diagnose conditions that are below the visible surface so they can better see the whole picture of your oral health, including your gums, teeth, and jaw. Many problems can be diagnosed using digital x-rays, like cavities, cysts, decay, atrophy in the jawbone, abscesses, and abnormal tooth growth. If a concern is detected in the early stages, you typically have more options for treatment that are effective and either minimal or noninvasive. During your yearly examination, digital x-rays allow us to diagnose and correct concerns.
Generally, digital x-rays are done at your annual examination so we can check the health of your teeth and gums. Your dentist may also recommend digital x-rays when you're having pain or concerned about symptoms so we can correctly diagnose then decide on a treatment plan. Digital x-rays emit less radiation compared to film x-rays, but we still prefer to limit how often you are exposed. Though digital x-rays are considered safe for patients of all ages, female patients who are breastfeeding or pregnant should tell their team before x-rays are taken so we can provide extra protection.
What to Expect
To begin your exam, you can relax in a massaging treatment chair. After you decide whether to catch up on your favorite television show or jam out to music with Beats headphones, we will take your digital x-rays. Often completed at the start of your appointment, x-rays typically take less than ten minutes to finish. Generally, we will take images that include all of your teeth. As soon as the x-rays are complete, they can be viewed immediately, so you can analyze the images throughout your exam. Should we find any problems, your dentist will show you the issue and go over your possible treatment options.
Digital x-rays will usually be needed for your bi-annual oral health exam. Every few years, MINT dentistry suggests a whole mouth x-ray to give us a more complete view of not just your teeth, but also your gums and jaw. All of your x-rays will be securely stored in your file, so we can monitor subtle changes and identify any issues. There isn't any aftercare required following digital x-rays unless you are told by your dentist. Another appointment may be scheduled if a procedure is required. We always suggest taking good care of your teeth at home with an oral hygiene routine plus visiting for your professional cleanings every six months to keep your smile beautiful.
The MINT Commitment
Usually, dental insurance will pay for preventive procedures, like digital x-rays once a year with your dental exam. We will reach out to your insurance company to figure out if you will have any personal costs. If you don't have dental insurance, MINT dentistry takes most methods of payment, including low-interest medical financing. Our team is dedicated to making sure that you have a thorough oral health examination every year at our office. Using advanced tools, including digital x-rays, helps our team of dental professionals to properly care for you and your family.
Clear, Concise Diagnosis
Every dentist will tell you that the secret to keeping a gorgeous smile is regular care and finding small problems before they become big ones. Digital x-rays use advanced technology to help us find and correct dental issues early with greater accuracy. An important part of an annual dental examination, digital x-rays provide MINT dentists an in-depth view so we can see and correct issues. To get a comprehensive view of your health, contact our team in Richardson, TX to schedule a oral health exam at MINT dentistry and make sure your teeth are beautiful.