Digital x-rays or radiographs are administered during an annual dental examination to provide an interior picture of your teeth and gums. They make it easier for family dentist Dr. Dieter Burr to diagnose problems that aren't visible, and to understand more about your oral health by showing the interior of your mouth like the teeth, gums, and jaw. There are numerous dental and oral problems that may be determined from digital x-rays including tooth decay, cavities, abscesses, cysts, bone atrophy and impactions. If these problems are found in the early stages, you can be treated more efficiently with more treatment options. As part of your annual exam at Merritt Island Center for Dentistry in Merritt Island, FL, digital x-rays will help Dr. Burr more accurately diagnose and correct dental issues.
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Typically, digital x-rays are included in a routine dental examination. Digital x-rays may be performed as a preventive measure or if you are concerned about dental issues of any kind. Even though digital x-rays emit significantly less radiation compared to traditional x-rays, Merritt Island Center for Dentistry prefers to lessen the amount of exposure that is delivered to every patient. Although digital x-rays are typically safe for all patients, female patients who are pregnant or breastfeeding should tell Dr. Burr at the start of their exam so that extra cautionary steps may be taken.
What to Expect
Typically performed at the start of a dental cleaning or exam, digital imaging takes around 5 – 10 minutes. Many patients will get a set of x-rays to show the needed areas of the mouth. Once they are taken, they will be uploaded to view by you and Dr. Burr throughout your appointment. He will be able to show you any abnormalities and discuss what treatments may be needed.
A set of digital x-rays will typically be taken once a year at your annual dental examination. During certain exams, a full mouth set may be taken for a comprehensive view of your teeth, gums, and jawbone. Your digital x-rays will be kept with your file at Merritt Island Center for Dentistry so Dr. Burr can watch for trends and address any areas of concern.
Typically, a dental insurance plan will cover the cost of digital x-rays as part of a routine dental examination. Our office can talk to your insurance provider to determine potential costs. If you have any remaining costs or if you are not using insurance, Merritt Island Center for Dentistry offers several methods of payment and we can help you find financing.
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A Better Diagnosis
Digital x-rays are a great tool that can help to diagnose developing oral health problems. As part of an annual dental examination, digital x-rays can give Dr. Burr a better understanding that allows him to see any hidden issues to be addressed before you feel pain. To improve your oral health, contact our team in Merritt Island, FL to make an appointment for your dental examination with digital x-rays.