Digital x-rays, also known as digital radiographs, are administered as part of an annual dental examination to allow a more thorough picture of your overall oral health. X-rays make it possible for skilled general dentist Dr. James McDonough to diagnose concerns that are not visible in the mouth and to learn about the internal health of your teeth, gums, and jawbone. At Wollaston Dental Group, we utilize advanced, low-radiation digital technology to screen for problems that can only be seen on x-rays, including tooth decay between teeth and under restorations, abscesses, cysts and tumors, tooth impactions, tooth and root positioning, and bone loss, among others. When these issues are discovered early, they often can be treated more efficiently and conservatively. As part of your dental examinations at Wollaston Dental Group in Quincy, MA, digital x-rays can help Dr. McDonough accurately diagnose and treat dental conditions that may be affecting your smile.
Typically, x-rays are included in a routine dental examination. They may be performed as a preventive measure or taken if you are experiencing pain or other issues in your mouth. Even though digital x-rays use less radiation than film x-rays, Wollaston Dental Group is committed to safety and tries to minimize the amount of exposure that is delivered to every individual. While x-rays are generally safe for any patient, those who are pregnant or breastfeeding should talk to our team at the beginning of the appointment so that additional, cautionary steps can be taken.
What to Expect
Having digital x-rays taken at Wollaston Dental Group is a fast, efficient, and generally comfortable experience. Often completed at the start of a dental cleaning or exam, the digital x-ray process takes less than five minutes to take. Our digital x-rays system transmits these images immediately to your patient record in our computer system where they can be viewed by you and Dr. McDonough throughout your appointment. He will show you if there are any areas of concern and discuss possible treatment options to bring health back to your smile.
The frequency with which x-rays are taken is based on the unique needs of each individual patient. In general, a full series of x-rays will be taken every three to five years, which includes all areas of your mouth to allow for a thorough assessment. Each year in between comprehensive sets, we will take bitewing x-rays to evaluate your bone levels and screen for cavities between teeth and under restorations. Your digital x-rays will be stored with your oral health file at Wollaston Dental Group so Dr. McDonough can watch for changes over time and identify any growing concerns.
Generally, dental insurance will cover digital x-rays as part of a dental exam. Our office will talk to your insurance provider to review the coverage frequency and determine if there may be any personal expenses. For any out-of-pocket costs, or if you do not carry insurance, Wollaston Dental Group accepts several easy payment methods and can provide you with information on flexible patient financing to help you get the care you need.
X-rays are an important tool that is essential in diagnosing and treating a wide range of oral issues. As a part of a routine dental exam, x-rays give Dr. McDonough an in-depth understanding of your oral needs and allows him to diagnose hidden problems to help preserve your health and smile. For improved oral health from a team dedicated to patient care, contact Wollaston Dental Group in Quincy, MA to make an appointment for your exam with digital imaging.