About Digital X-Rays
An innovative practice, MINT dentistry in Humble, TX focuses on giving our patients the newest technology for a complete examination. This is why MINT dentistry uses digital x-rays, also known as digital radiographs, as part of every dental exam to obtain a better view of your oral health. Digital x-rays allow our staff of board-certified doctors to diagnose abnormalities that are below the visible surface so they can better improve your oral health, including your gums, teeth, and jaw. Several oral health conditions can be discovered with digital x-rays, such as cavities, cysts, decay, atrophy in the jawbone, abscesses, and abnormal tooth growth. When a concern is detected early, you tend to have more treatment options that are less invasive and more effective. During your yearly exam, digital x-rays allow us to more accurately diagnose and correct concerns.
In most cases, digital x-rays will be taken at your dental exam to assess your oral health. You may also need digital x-rays taken if you're in pain or dental issues of any kind so we can properly diagnose, then address the underlying condition. Digital x-rays emit less radiation compared to film x-rays, but MINT dentistry still prefers to minimize your exposure. Although they are typically safe for patients of all ages, women who are breastfeeding or pregnant should tell their team at the beginning of their appointment so that extra precautions can be taken.
What to Expect
To start your appointment, you can relax in a massaging treatment chair. After choosing whether to watch a show or listen to music on a pair of Beats headphones, we will begin your digital x-rays. Typically done at the beginning of your appointment, x-rays usually take about 5 – 10 minutes to complete. For most visits, your x-rays will include views of your teeth and gums. Once the digital x-rays are complete, they will be viewed immediately so your board-certified MINT dental professional can see the x-rays during your appointment. Should we find any problems, your dentist will show you the area of concern and discuss your possible treatment options.
A series of digital x-rays will generally be taken twice a year at your dental exam. Occasionally, a whole mouth series may be taken to get a comprehensive view of your teeth, gums, and jawbone. Your digital x-rays will be safely attached to your file at MINT dentistry so we can observe subtle changes and chart any areas of concern. There is not any specific aftercare needed following x-rays unless you are told by the MINT dentistry team. Follow-up appointments may be needed if a procedure is required. We always suggest great oral care at home, plus scheduling your professional cleanings every six months to keep your smile beautiful.
The MINT Commitment
Usually, dental insurance will cover the cost of digital x-rays as part of a routine dental exam. We will reach out to your provider to determine if you have any personal costs. If you don't have dental insurance, MINT dentistry accepts several methods of payment and we can help you find low-interest financing. We are dedicated to making sure that you receive a comprehensive dental exam every year at our office. Our use of cutting-edge equipment, such as digital x-rays, helps us to give you the best possible care.
Clear, Concise Diagnosis
The key to a gorgeous, seductive smile is regular care and finding small problems before they become big ones. Digital x-rays use advanced technology to help us find and address oral health conditions early with clarity and accuracy. As part of an annual dental examination, digital x-rays provide MINT dental professionals more information so we can see and correct issues. For a comprehensive picture of your teeth, contact us in Humble, TX to schedule an exam with digital x-rays at MINT dentistry and make sure your teeth are brilliant.