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.
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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.
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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.