Digital x-rays, also known as digital radiographs, are performed as part of a dental exam to allow a better view of your mouth. Digital x-rays allow experienced dentist Dr. Daniel Clement to diagnose issues that are not easily visible and to learn about the health of the inside of your mouth, like your teeth, gums, and jawbone. There are many dental concerns that can be seen on x-rays, such as cavities, decay, cysts, abscesses, bone loss, and tooth impaction. When these issues are identified early, they may have more treatment options that are less invasive. During your dental exam at Great Lakes Bay Dental in Midland, MI, digital x-rays will help Dr. Clement to diagnose and treat oral health problems.
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In most cases, digital imaging is a part of an annual dental exam. They can be administered for prevention or if you are experiencing a specific problem. Though digital x-rays use less radiation than traditional film x-rays, Great Lakes Bay Dental tries to minimize each patient's exposure. While they are generally safe for any patient, women who are breastfeeding or pregnant should inform Dr. Clement at the beginning of the dental exam so special precautions can be taken.
What to Expect
Generally done at the beginning of your appointment, digital x-rays take about 5 – 10 minutes to complete. Most patients will have a series of x-rays taken to include all sections of the mouth. After they are done, they are uploaded and can be viewed by you and Dr. Clement during your exam so he can assess if there are any issues and discuss possible treatments.
A series of x-rays will usually be done annually at your dental exam. For some visits, a whole mouth series may be needed to get a complete view of the teeth, gums, and oral bones. Your x-rays will be saved with other information at Great Lakes Bay Dental so our team can identify changes over time and chart any growing concerns.
Generally, dental insurance plans will pay for digital x-rays as part of an annual dental exam. Our office will contact your insurance to calculate any payments. For any out-of-pocket expenses, or if you don't have dental insurance, Great Lakes Bay Dental accepts many payment methods, and we can also assist you with finding medical financing.
Digital imaging is a useful technology that can help diagnose and treat a variety of health conditions. As a part of your regular dental exam, they are able to give Dr. Clement an in-depth view and allow him to catch hidden problems to be treated before they can become painful. For overall improved dental health, contact our office in Midland, MI to schedule your next dental exam with digital imaging.