Digital Radiography Overview
Digital radiographs — or x-rays — are administered during an annual dental examination to provide a better picture of your teeth and gums. They make it easier for board-certified dentist Dr. Robert Porter to diagnose problems that aren't visible and to understand more about your oral health by showing the interior of your teeth, gums, and jaw. There are numerous dental and oral problems that may be diagnosed through the use of digital radiography, including tooth decay, cavities, abscesses, cysts, bone atrophy, and impactions. If these problems are found in the early stages, they can be treated more efficiently with less invasive procedures. As a part of your annual exam at Robert L. Porter Dentistry in Richardson, TX, digital radiography can help improve your oral health by accurately diagnosing dental issues.
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Best Candidates for Digital Radiography
For most patients, digital radiographs are included in a routine dental examination. They 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, Robert L. Porter Dentistry prefers to minimize the amount of exposure that is delivered to every patient. Although digital radiography is typically safe for everyone, female patients who are pregnant or breastfeeding should tell Dr. Porter at the start of their exam so that extra cautionary steps may be taken.
What to Expect from Digital Radiography
Typically taking place at the start of a dental cleaning or exam, digital imaging takes around 5 – 10 minutes to perform. Once they are taken, they will be uploaded to be viewed by you and Dr. Porter throughout your appointment. He will be able to show you any abnormalities and discuss what treatments may be needed. At Robert L. Porter Dentistry, we used state-of-the-art Gendex™ technology to ensure each and every x-ray displays a crystal-clear image.
Follow-Up for Digital Radiography
A set of digital radiographs 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 x-rays will be kept with your file at Robert L. Porter Dentistry so Dr. Porter can watch for trends and address any areas of concern.
Insurance Coverage for Digital X-Rays
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, Robert L. Porter Dentistry accepts several methods of payment and can help you find financing.
Protect your oral health
Digital radiography is a great tool that can help to diagnose oral health problems. As part of an annual dental examination, they give Dr. Porter a better understanding of your mouth and allow him to see any issues that should be addressed. To improve your oral health, contact our team in Richardson, TX to make an appointment for your dental examination.