Digital x-rays, also known as digital radiographs, are performed as part of a dental exam to allow a better view of your mouth. Digital x-rays allow our highly-trained dentists to diagnose issues that are not easily visible, and to learn about the health of the inside of your teeth, gums, and jawbone. There are many dental concerns that can be seen on x-rays such as cavities, decay, cysts, abscesses, bone loss, and tooth impaction. When these issues are identified early, they may have more treatment options that are less invasive. During your dental exam at SmilesNY Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry in New York, NY, digital imaging will help to diagnose and treat any oral health problems.
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Types of Imaging
Many dental procedures utilize a lab to create a custom tooth or appliance, and these procedures require several impressions of the patient's teeth in order to complete treatment. Dental bridges, implants, inlays and onlays, porcelain veneers, and Invisalign are just some of the procedures that require impressions. Traditionally, dental impressions were taken by placing a tray of gooey material into a patient's mouth and waiting several minutes for the material to harden. The impressions would then be mailed to the lab. SmilesNY now offers digital impressions with 3Shape TRIOS, so patients can receive a more accurate dental impression without the unpleasantness of traditional impression techniques. The digital impression is emailed to the lab immediately, cutting down the time it takes to get the custom tooth or appliance. The TRIOS digital impression system provides patients at SmilesNY a faster, more comfortable office visit and a quicker return of their permanent restoration.
In most cases, digital imaging is a part of an annual dental exam. It can be administered for prevention or if you are experiencing a specific problem. Though digital x-rays use less radiation than traditional film x-rays, SmilesNY tries to minimize each patient's exposure. While they are generally safe for any patient, women who are breastfeeding or pregnant should inform their SmilesNY dentist at the beginning of the dental exam so special precautions can be taken.
Digital Smile Imaging
Digital smile imaging combines digital photography with advanced computer software programs to allow patients to preview the results of their cosmetic, periodontic, orthodontic, or restorative dental procedures before any work is done.
Smiles NY is in now using the latest imaging system to take x-rays while giving our clients the least amount of exposure. This new imaging requires no film and nothing has to go in your mouth for the x-ray to work, which means no more awkwardly biting down on plastic to get your x-rays. SmilesNY likes to keep investing in our business to give our customers the best possible experience.
A series of x-rays and/or digital imaging will usually be done annually at your dental exam. At some visits, a whole mouth series may be needed to get a complete view of the teeth, gums, and oral bones. Your x-rays will be saved with other information at SmilesNY so your dental specialist can identify changes over time and chart any growing concerns.
Generally, dental insurance plans will pay for digital x-ray costs as part of an annual dental exam. Our office will contact your insurance to calculate any payments. For any out-of-pocket expenses or if you don't have dental insurance, SmilesNY accepts many payment methods and we can assist you with finding medical financing.
Digital imaging is a useful technology that can help diagnose and treat health conditions. As a part of a regular dental exam, they are able to give an in-depth view and allows your dental professional to catch any hidden problems that need to be treated before becoming painful. For improved dental health, contact our office in New York, NY to schedule your next dental exam with digital imaging.