Digital X-Rays in Belton, TX

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What Are Digital Dental X-Rays?

Digital x-rays (radiographs) are quickly becoming more common than standard oral x-rays. The first assessment performed during your visit to ACE Dental of Belton will most likely be a digital x-ray, which provides a detailed view of the inside of your mouth and teeth. This helps us diagnose certain conditions that aren't visible to the naked eye, such as cavities between teeth, cysts, tooth impactions, and bone loss. When these conditions are detected early, we can usually offer less invasive treatment options. X-rays also give our dentists a more comprehensive understanding of your overall oral health. Our Belton, TX facility is proud to use a digital x-ray system that brings greater diagnostic ability, safety, and convenience to your dental care.

Why Are Dental Radiographs Necessary?

Digital x-rays help us identify oral conditions — like cavities between teeth and under restorations, cysts, tumors, abscesses, curved roots, unerupted and impacted teeth, and malpositioned teeth — early before they further impact your health and comfort. Digital imaging is generally safe for most patients, meaning people of almost any age are good candidates for this type of x-ray. Although digital imaging emits far less radiation than traditional films, ACE Dental of Belton prefers to limit patient exposure whenever possible. Pregnant women or those who might be pregnant should inform our team at the start of the visit so special precautions can be taken.

What Is the Digital Dental X-ray Process?

The x-ray process at ACE Dental of Belton, TX is quick and simple. Digital x-rays are typically taken at the start of a dental visit and take less than five minutes to complete. A member of our dental team places a digital sensor in your mouth, next to your teeth, and asks you to hold it for a second or two while they quickly take the necessary x-rays. In seconds, a digital image of your teeth and jawbone is transferred to our computer system, where it will be available to view. One of our dentists will usually go over these images with you to point out any concerns they may have and to create a treatment plan specific to your oral health needs.

How Often Are Dental X-rays Taken?

Digital x-rays are an essential dental diagnostic tool implemented during routine exam visits, dental emergencies, and as needed throughout your care. Many patients are screened for cavities and bone loss with a series of bitewing x-rays taken annually. Every 3 – 5 years, a full series or panoramic x-rays may be taken. This type of digital imaging shows a complete picture of your mouth and is used to assess the condition of your jaw, teeth, and overall oral health. In some situations, digital x-rays can help determine the need for orthodontics. In certain cases such as a broken tooth or acute pain occurring in a certain area, we may take a periapical x-ray, which captures images of the entire tooth and the area surrounding it. All of your digital images are stored in your digital patient folder for future access.

Are dental x-rays covered by Insurance?

Dental insurance plans generally cover digital x-rays, but since coverage varies from plan to plan, our insurance specialist will review your benefits before your appointment to determine what's covered and what isn't ahead of time. ACE Dental of Belton accepts several flexible financing options, including low-interest payment plans to help families cover personal costs or an uncovered portion of their care.

Advanced Care With Digital Dental Imaging

Digital imaging has been a real breakthrough in dental care. These advanced images can be taken within minutes at our Belton, TX office, offering a safer process, enhancing our diagnostic abilities, and providing a more effective approach to treating dental conditions. To keep your family's smiles healthy and happy and to learn more about the benefits of digital x-rays, contact ACE Dental of Belton to schedule a dental exam.

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