About Digital X-Rays
A contemporary dental office, MINT dentistry in Houston, TX focuses on giving our patients the newest technology for an in-depth diagnosis. This is why MINT dentistry takes digital x-rays, sometimes referred to as digital radiographs, during annual exams to obtain a clear, concise view of your mouth. Digital x-rays allow our team of board-certified doctors to diagnose conditions that are invisible to the naked eye so they can fully see the whole picture of the health of your teeth, gums, and jawbone. Quite a few oral problems can be diagnosed using digital x-rays, like cavities, cysts, decay, atrophy in the jawbone, abscesses, and abnormal tooth growth. When a problem is found early, you typically have more treatment options that are effective and either minimal or noninvasive. During your yearly exam at MINT dentistry, digital x-rays help our team to diagnose and correct concerns.
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Generally, digital x-rays will be taken during your dental exam so we can check the health of your teeth and gums. Your dentist may also recommend digital x-rays if you're having pain or dental issues of any kind to help our team properly diagnose and decide on a treatment plan. Digital x-rays use less radiation than film x-rays, but MINT dentistry still prefers to minimize how often you are exposed. Though they are typically safe for patients of all ages, women who are pregnant or breastfeeding should inform a member of the MINT dentistry team at the beginning of their appointment so we can provide extra protection.
What to Expect
To begin your appointment, you will settle into a comfortable exam chair. After choosing whether to catch up on your favorite television show or jam out to music with Beats headphones, our team will begin your x-rays. Typically completed at the beginning of your appointment, x-rays usually take less than ten minutes to finish. Generally, your x-rays will include views of your teeth and gums. As soon as the x-rays are taken, they will be uploaded immediately, so you and your dentist can see the x-rays during your appointment. If there are any abnormalities, your dentist will explain the area of concern and go over your possible treatment options.
Your x-rays will usually be needed for your bi-annual oral health exam. Every few years, MINT dentistry suggests a whole mouth x-ray to get a comprehensive view of not just your teeth, but also your gums and jaw. All of your x-rays will be securely stored in your file at MINT dentistry, so our dental professionals can monitor changes over time and chart any issues. There is not any 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 taking good care of your teeth at home with an oral hygiene routine as well as visiting for your professional cleanings every six months to keep your smile beautiful.
The MINT Commitment
Usually, dental insurance will cover preventive procedures, like digital x-rays once a year with your dental exam. Our office will reach out to your insurance company to determine if you have any personal costs. If you don't have dental insurance, MINT dentistry accepts most payment methods and we can help you find low-interest medical financing. Our team is committed to ensuring that you receive a comprehensive dental exam when you visit our facility. Our use of advanced tools, including digital x-rays, allows our team of dental professionals to properly care for you and your family.
Clear, Concise Diagnosis
Every dentist will tell you that the secret to keeping a beautiful smile is regular care and finding small problems before they become big ones. Digital x-rays are a great tool to help diagnose and correct oral health issues early for a greater chance of success. An important part of a regular dental exam, digital x-rays provide MINT dental professionals an in-depth view so they can identify and address issues before they become painful. For a comprehensive picture of your health, contact our team in Houston, TX to schedule your next oral health exam at MINT dentistry and make sure your teeth are brilliant.