Digital x-rays, or radiographs, are performed as a part of a dental examination to provide a more thorough image of your mouth. Digital x-rays make it easier for board-certified dentist Dr. Matthew Wolfe to diagnose issues that aren't easily visible and to understand more about your oral health by showing the interior of your teeth, jaw, and gums. There are many dental concerns that can be diagnosed with the use of x-rays, including cavities, decay, abscesses, cysts, impactions, and bone loss. If these issues are identified in their early stages, you have the potential to have more treatment options that are less invasive. As a part of your annual dental examination at Signature Dentistry of Rochester in Rochester Hills, MI, digital imaging will allow Dr. Wolfe to diagnose and correct many dental problems.
Typically, digital imaging is included in an annual dental examination. Digital x-rays are often performed for prevention or if you express concern about a specific problem that can be looked at utilizing the x-rays. Even though digital x-rays emit significantly less radiation compared to traditional film x-rays, Signature Dentistry of Rochester tries to limit each patient's exposure. Although digital x-rays are generally safe for all patients, female patients who are breastfeeding or pregnant should inform Dr. Wolfe at the start of their dental exam so special cautionary steps can be taken.
What to Expect
Generally performed at the start of your appointment, digital imaging takes around 5 – 10 minutes to perform. Once they are done, they will be uploaded and available to be viewed by you and Dr. Wolfe throughout your exam. He can show you any issues that may exist and discuss possible treatments.
A set of x-rays will usually be done annually at your dental examination. At certain exams, a full mouth set may be needed for a complete view of your teeth, gums, and oral bones. Your x-rays will be saved to your file along with other information at Signature Dentistry of Rochester so that Dr. Wolfe can identify trends in your mouth and address any growing concerns.
Generally, dental insurance plans will pay for digital x-ray costs as a part of an annual dental examination. Our office can talk to your insurance provider to calculate any potential payments. If you have any remaining costs or if you are not using insurance, Signature Dentistry of Rochester accepts several methods of payment, including medical financing.
Digital imaging is a useful tool that can help to diagnose many developing dental conditions. As a part of an annual dental examination, digital x-rays can give Dr. Wolfe an in-depth understanding that allows him to catch hidden problems to be treated before you feel pain. To improve your oral health, contact our team in Rochester Hills, MI to make an appointment for your dental examination with digital imaging.