Digital X-Rays Overview
Dental examinations allow our professional team of dentists to check for issues such as gum disease and tooth decay. However, the team at Made Ya Smile Dental knows that some health concerns lie beneath the teeth and gums. To truly meet your dental needs, Dr. Jireh Yue also takes digital x-rays of your mouth every year or as needed to diagnose and treat issues. A safer and more accurate tool than traditional film, digital x-rays show the teeth and bone in greater detail and reduce a patient's exposure to radiation by 90 percent.
Dr. Yue is dedicated to providing safe, minimally invasive procedures for patients in Houston, TX. Digital x-rays are an essential part of your comprehensive exam to diagnose impacted teeth, tooth decay, abscesses in the jaw, bone loss, and cysts, along with a range of other problems. By identifying these conditions as soon as we can, Made Ya Smile Dental can treat them before they become more complex. To learn more about this advanced tool, reach out to our practice in Eldridge Lakes.
Best Candidates for Digital X-Rays
Digital x-rays help our team evaluate different aspects of your oral health that we can't necessarily see when looking into your mouth. These images are often taken on a yearly basis as a preventive measure at our clinic usually during one of your cleaning visits. Dr. Yue takes low-radiation x-rays to assess different areas where pain, discomfort, or other symptoms may occur. While this tool is safe for patients of every age, we make sure to minimize your exposure. For this reason, we ask that if you are pregnant or think you may be pregnant, please inform our team before your appointment so we can take special precautions.
What to Expect with Digital X-Rays
Made Ya Smile Dental takes digital x-rays at the beginning of your dental examination on a preventive basis. Our digital software allows the process to be fast, efficient, and more comfortable than other imaging methods such as traditional film. Dr. Yue completes the process in about 10 minutes, first placing the small sensor next to your teeth. The images are then transmitted simultaneously to your patient records, where we can view them on the computer. We will be able to point out different areas of concern and discuss any needed treatment options.
Digital X-Rays Follow-Up
At your initial visit, Made Ya Smile Dental will take a series of x-rays or panoramic x-rays as part of a comprehensive evaluation of your mouth, teeth, and jawbone. We will also take these images as required, or every 3 – 5 years to monitor your oral health. In between these images, we may also take check-up (bitewing) images during routine dental exams. This helps our experienced staff to assess for cavities in between the back teeth as well as the bone level. X-rays are useful for identifying dental concerns in the early stages so we can treat your conditions conservatively.
Digital X-Rays Insurance Coverage
As a preventive tool, panoramic and full series of x-rays are typically covered by dental insurance providers every 3 – 5 years. Bitewing x-rays, however, can be covered yearly. Before the start of your appointment, Made Ya Smile Dental will take the time to understand your benefits and inform you about any out-of-pocket costs. Our staff wants patients to get the diagnosis and treatment they need for great oral health, so we accept convenient payment methods as well as financing with CareCredit®.
Digital x-rays are an essential part of maintaining your oral health. As a preventive and diagnostic treatment, x-rays can help us uncover issues such as gum disease, tooth decay, and bone loss in complete comfort. Dr. Yue is committed to every patient's safety and comfort, offering the best possible solutions to minimize your need for more extensive dental care in the future. Partner with our team at Made Ya Smile Dental in Houston, TX to schedule an exam and digital x-ray.