About Digital X-Rays
A modern dental health facility, MINT dentistry in Houston, TX believes in the importance of utilizing advanced techniques and technology for a comprehensive diagnosis. This is why MINT dentistry uses digital x-rays, also known as digital radiographs, during annual exams to obtain a clear, concise view of your mouth. Digital x-rays allow our team of board-certified dental professionals to diagnose problems that are invisible to the naked eye so they can fully understand the health of your teeth, gums, and jawbone. Many dental and oral problems can be discovered with digital x-rays, such as tooth decay, cavities, cysts, abscesses, bone loss, and tooth impaction. When a condtion is found early, you will likely have more treatment options that are less invasive and more effective. During your dental exam at MINT dentistry, digital x-rays help our team to more accurately diagnose and treat oral health issues.
In most cases, digital x-rays will be taken during your dental exam as a preventive measure. You may also need digital x-rays taken if you are experiencing pain or dental issues of any kind to help our team properly diagnose and treat your problem. Digital x-rays use less radiation than traditional x-rays, but MINT dentistry still prefers to minimize the amount of exposure that is delivered to every patient. While they are typically safe for any patient, women who are pregnant or breastfeeding should inform a member of the MINT dentistry team at the beginning of their appointment so that extra precautions can be taken.
What to Expect
When it's time for your appointment, you will settle into a comfortable exam chair. After choosing whether to listen to your favorite jams on our Beats headphones or to watch a show on a flat-screen television, our team will begin your x-rays. Typically performed at the beginning of your dental visit, digital x-rays usually take about 5 – 10 minutes to complete. In most situations, your x-rays will include views of your teeth and gums. After the images are taken, they will be uploaded immediately, so you can see the x-rays during your appointment. If there are any abnormalities, your MINT dentist will explain the area of concern and discuss your treatment options.
Digital x-rays will typically be taken twice a year at your dental exam. During some visits, a whole mouth series may be taken to get a comprehensive view of your teeth, gums, and jawbone. Your digital x-rays will be kept in your file at MINT dentistry, so our dental professionals can watch for changes over time and chart any areas of concern. There is not any specific aftercare needed following x-rays except whatever dental instructions are given to you by the MINT dentistry team. Follow-up appointments may be needed if treatment is recommended. MINT dentistry always encourages daily home care as well as attending your twice-yearly cleanings and dental exams to keep your smile healthy and beautiful.
The MINT Commitment
Typically, a dental insurance plan wll cover the cost of digital x-rays as part of a routine dental exam. Our office will contact your insurance provider to determine if you have any additional costs. For any out-of-pocket expenses or if you don't have dental insurance, MINT dentistry accepts many different payment methods and we can help you find medical financing. MINT dentistry is committed to ensuring that you receive a comprehensive dental exam when you visit our facility. Our use of state-of-the-art technology, such as digital x-rays, allows us to honor that commitment.
Clear, Concise Diagnosis
The key to a gorgeous smile is proactive dental care and early intervention. Digital x-rays are a great tool to help diagnose and treat oral health problems early with greater accuracy. As part of a regular dental exam, digital x-rays give MINT dental professionals a better view so they can identify and address any hidden issues before they become painful. For a clear, concise picture of your dental health, contact our office in Houston, TX today to schedule your next dental exam at MINT dentistry and keep your smile beautiful.