Digital x-rays or radiographs are done during an annual dental exam to provide a more thorough picture of your oral health. X-rays make it easier for general dentist Dr. Nick Dovey to diagnose concerns that aren't visible by the naked eye alone. They are also useful tools to better understand your oral health by showing the interior of your teeth, gums, and jaw. There are several dental conditions that can be diagnosed with the use of digital images, such as decay, cavities, abscesses, cysts, tooth impactions, and bone loss. If these issues are discovered in their early stages, you may have more effective and less invasive treatment options available to you. As part of your dental examination at Finest City Dental in San Diego, CA, x-rays will help Dr. Dovey accurately diagnose and correct dental conditions.
Typically, x-rays are included in your dental examination. Digital x-rays may be performed as part of a preventive dental treatment plan or if you are concerned about pain in your mouth. Even though digital x-rays emit significantly less radiation compared to film x-rays, Finest City Dental likes to limit patient exposure. Although digital x-rays are usually safe for all patients, female clients who are breastfeeding or may be pregnant should talk to Dr. Dovey at the start of their appointment so extra cautionary steps may be taken.
What to Expect
Often performed at the start of your dental exam, digital imaging takes around 5 – 10 minutes to complete. Many patients will get a set of x-rays done during their annual dental examination. Once finished, they will be uploaded to be viewed by you and Dr. Dovey throughout your examination. He will show you any areas of concern and go over treatment options.
A set of digital images will generally be performed once a year at your dental examination. For certain assessments, a full mouth set may be done for a more comprehensive view of your teeth, gums, and jaw. Your digital images will be stored with your oral health file at Finest City Dental so Dr. Dovey can view trends and address any developing problems.
Usually, dental insurance will include and cover digital imaging costs as part of a dental examination. Our office can talk to your insurance company to estimate potential balances. If you have any remaining costs, or if you are not using insurance, Finest City Dental accepts several methods of payment. We can also give you information in regards to financing.
X-rays are an advanced tool that can help to diagnose underlying oral issues. As a step in an annual dental examination, digital x-rays can give Dr. Dovey a unique understanding of your mouth that allows him to diagnose developing conditions before they can worsen to the point of causing pain. To improve your oral health, contact our team in San Diego, CA to make an appointment for your dental examination with the use of helpful x-rays.