Digital x-rays or radiographs are administered during a dental exam to provide a more thorough picture of your teeth and gums. They make it easier for dentist Dr. Lauren Shanard to diagnose problems that aren't visible, and to understand more about your oral health by showing the interior of your teeth, gums, and jawbone. There are numerous dental and oral problems that may be diagnosed with digital x-rays including tooth decay, cavities, abscesses, cysts, bone loss, and tooth impaction. If these problems are found in the early stages, you can be treated more efficiently with more treatment options. As part of your dental exam at Contemporary Dental Arts in Williston, VT, digital x-rays will help Dr. Shanard 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, Contemporary Dental Arts prefers to limit 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. Shanard 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 x-rays take around 5 – 10 minutes to complete. 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 be viewed by you and Dr. Shanard throughout your appointment. She 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 Contemporary Dental Arts so Dr. Shanard 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, Contemporary Dental Arts takes several methods of payment and we can help you find financing.
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. Shanard a better understanding that allows her to see any hidden issues to be addressed before you feel pain. To improve your oral health, contact our team in Williston, VT to make an appointment for your dental examination with digital x-rays.