We can see some of your dental problems during the physical examination. However, having a digital x-ray at least once a year can give us a much broader view of your oral health. Digital x-rays make it easier for our general dentist, Dr. Patrick B. Toms, to diagnose problems that are not visible, and he can properly diagnose tooth decay, cavities, abscesses, cysts, bone loss, and tooth impaction. If these problems are found in the early stages, you can be treated more efficiently. As part of your dental exam at Patrick B. Toms, D.M.D. in Gainesville, GA, digital x-rays will help Dr. Toms more accurately diagnose and correct dental issues use 50-70% less radiation than conventional x-rays. Coupled with being able to see these images on a computer screen or large monitor, digital x-ray technology allows us to enhance the images for better diagnosis of any dental concerns. You can schedule your next dental exam at our Gainesville, GA office.
"It's difficult to know where to begin! Our family of 4, plus my mother, have all been cared for by Dr. Toms and his staff for over 20 years. From my children's dental needs (wisdom teeth, too!) to my elderly mother's care, Dr. Toms has always helped us sort through all options and guided us all the way. His skill and sensitivity put both of my children at ease and they now are adults who are comfortable with dental visits. Dr. Toms has been a great friend to our family! Very highly recommended."- J.M. / Google / Mar 22, 2022
"I know he is a very positive person that believes in his patients and family taken care of."- M.T. / Google / Jan 06, 2022
"Kind, professional staff led by a very knowledgeable and caring dentist. Very accommodating to patients, they work as a team. They strive for excellence in all areas of their services. Office is beautifully decorated and well organized. Myself and a large part of my family have been regular patients for years. Now that I’ve moved out of the immediate area I still drive back to keep my dental care on the same high level with the same people."- Anonymous / Healthgrades / Sep 28, 2021
"Great Dentist. friendly, efficient and personable staff. The dentist is honest and will not push unnecessary procedures."- C.C. / Google / Jul 23, 2021
"I recently moved to GA and had not established care with a dentist yet. While I was eating, a crown from a previous root canal came off. So, I needed to find a dentist ASAP! I have pretty significant dental-related anxiety and previously sought out a dentist certified in sedation dentistry for this reason. I found several several recommendations for Dr. Toms online and was pleasantly surprised and relieved to learn that he is certified and proficient in both oral and IV sedation. I called his office to schedule an appointment and did not expect a next-day appointment! The staff was so friendly on the phone, and even more welcoming in person! They made me feel like a long time regular patient from the first moment I met them! I filled out all of my paperwork online before my appointment and just had to sign them once I arrived., The check-in process was smooth and quick, and I waited less than 10 minutes to see Dr.,Toms., They even scheduled my cleaning 2 days later! Highly recommend!"- J.M. / Google / May 23, 2021
If you are a candidate for digital x-rays, they are commonly included in a routine dental examination for preventive care. Digital x-rays may be performed as a diagnostic measure or if you are concerned about dental issues of any kind. Even though digital x-rays emit significantly less radiation compared to traditional x-rays, Dr. Toms prefers to limit the amount of exposure when possible.
Although digital x-rays are safe for all patients, female patients who are pregnant or breastfeeding should tell Dr. Toms at the start of the exam so that extra cautionary steps may be taken.
What to Expect
A focused beam of x-ray particles passes through bone and produces an image that shows the structure through which it passed. This x-ray process gives the familiar black and white images that dentists use to diagnose problems.
Digital imaging takes around 5 – 10 minutes of your dental exam time. Many patients will only get a set of x-rays to show only the needed areas of the mouth where there are concerns. The images will be uploaded to be viewed by you and Dr. Toms. He will be able to show you any abnormalities and discuss what treatments may be needed. The digital images will be saved on your electronic dental record.
A set of digital x-rays will typically be taken once a year at your annual dental examination. During certain exams, a full mouth set may be taken for a comprehensive view of your teeth, gums, and jawbone. Your digital x-rays will be kept with your file at Patrick B. Toms, D.M.D. so Dr. Toms can compare past x-rays to new ones for trends and address any areas of concern.
Dental insurance plans will cover the cost of digital x-rays as part of a routine dental examination. Our office can talk to your insurance provider to determine potential costs. If you have any remaining fees or if you are not using insurance, Patrick B. Toms, D.M.D. takes several methods of payment.
We have Digital X-Rays here
Digital x-rays are a great tool that can help to diagnose developing oral health problems. As part of an annual dental examination, digital x-rays can give Dr. Toms a better understanding that allows him to see any hidden issues to improve your oral health. Contact our team in Gainesville, GA to make an appointment for your dental examination with digital x-rays.