Clinical examinations allow our skilled team of dentists to visually check for dental problems, like tooth decay and gum disease. However, a number of oral health concerns lie beneath the gums, in the bone, under fillings, and between the teeth. To ensure we meet all of your dental needs, we take digital x-rays of your mouth each year and on an as-needed basis. Digital x-rays are a highly diagnostic tool and show the internal portions of teeth and bone in greater detail than ever before. Safer and more accurate than traditional films, digital x-rays reduce patient exposure to radiation by about 90 percent.
At Made Ya Smile Dental, we are dedicated to offering the safest, most minimally invasive diagnostic procedures to our patients. X-rays are an imperative part of your exam and can help us to diagnose bone loss, cysts, or abscesses in the jaw, impacted teeth, and tooth decay, among a range of other conditions. By identifying oral conditions as soon as possible, we can often offer treatment solutions that are less complex. To learn more about digital x-rays, contact one of our friendly Houston, TX practice locations today.
X-rays allow us to evaluate aspects of your oral health that we cannot see when looking into your mouth. These low-radiation images are often taken on a yearly and preventive basis, as part of a comprehensive dental examination, and typically at your dental cleaning visits. We may also take x-rays to evaluate specific areas of the mouth in which pain or other symptoms occur. Dental x-rays are safe for patients of all ages to receive. However, we take care to minimize exposure and only recommend x-rays when it is necessary for preventive or restorative reasons. If you are pregnant or think you may be pregnant, please let our team know before beginning your x-rays so that we can take special precautions to protect your health.
What to Expect
We take x-rays on a preventive basis, usually at the beginning of your dental exam and cleaning visit. Since we use digital software, the process is fast, efficient, and generally more comfortable than with traditional film, and is completed in less than 10 minutes. A small sensor will be placed next to your teeth in different areas of your mouth. When exposed, the image is transmitted immediately to your patient record in our computer. Your x-rays will be evaluated by our dentists who will point out any areas of interest and review any concerns with you.
At your initial visit with our practice, we generally take a full series of x-rays or panoramic x-rays to perform a complete evaluation of your teeth and jawbone, and then every 3 – 5 years following that. In between these comprehensive x-rays, our team will take checkup (bitewing) x-rays during your routine dental exams that allow us to assess the bone level and check for cavities between the back teeth. X-rays are extremely useful in enabling our team to identify dental concerns while they are still in the early stages and treat any conditions in the most conservative way.
Panoramic and full series of x-rays are generally covered by dental insurances every 3 – 5 years while bitewing x-rays are covered on a yearly basis. Before your appointment begins, our team will review your benefits schedule for dental radiograph imaging and let you know of any out-of-pocket costs. Our team at Made Ya Smile Dental wants every patient to get the treatment they need for exceptional oral health. To make your care fit comfortably into your budget, we accept several convenient payment methods along with flexible dental financing with CareCredit®.
Digital x-rays are an integral part of your preventive and diagnostic treatment. Committed to patient safety and comfort, we use digital imaging to diagnose problems, like tooth decay, gum disease, and bone loss and to recommend the best possible solutions to reduce your family's need for more extensive, costlier care down the road. Enjoy the highest standard of care for your smile by partnering with our team at Made Ya Smile Dental in Houston, TX. Schedule an exam and x-ray visit today at one of our friendly practice locations.