Computerized X-rays, or digital X-rays, are routinely used in dental examinations conducted by cosmetic dentists, Dr. Langenbach and Dr. Thomas. At their Poway, CA practice, the X-rays are a great diagnostic tool to examine and determine the health of a patient’s entire mouth. This include the teeth, gums, bones, and all the surrounding tissues. Compared to traditional X-rays, computerized X-rays are quicker and more accurate and require less time to take and view.
Computerized X-rays are used to detect:
- Bone loss
- Tooth decay
- Gum disease
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WHAT TO EXPECT
Digital X-rays take no more than 5 minutes to complete and are not painful for the patient. A digital sensor will be positioned in or around the patient’s mouth. The picture is taken and instantly sent to a computer where the X-rays can be viewed by the dentist and easily stored in the patient’s file for future reference. Keeping past X-rays helps the dentist see the patient’s progress over time and makes it easier to notice changes.
After the X-rays are taken, the dentist will go over any concerns they see with the patient. The dentist will then go through the patient’s options for treatment or any recommendations for home care to prevent possible problems. Digital X-rays use a smaller amount of radiation compared to traditional X-rays, but patients should still wear a lead apron, and let their dentist know if they are pregnant or breastfeeding so extra precautions can be taken.
Since digital X-rays are a preventative procedure, most insurance will cover the costs, minus the patient’s co-pay. If paying out of pocket, patients may pay from $25 – $100 for bite wing X-rays, $60 – $150 for a panoramic X-ray, or $85 – $250 for a full-mouth series.
GET THE WHOLE PICTURE
Digital X-rays help your dentist see and prevent dental problems, like cavities and gum disease. An annual dental exam with digital X-rays is an important part of every patient’s oral health care plan.