Digital x-rays, also known as digital radiographs, are administered during a dental examination to provide a better view of your teeth and gums. They allow dentist Dr. Despina Markogiannakis to diagnose problems that are not visible and to learn more about the health of the inside of your teeth, gums, and jawbone. There are numerous dental and oral problems that can be seen on digital x-rays, such as tooth decay, cavities, cysts, abscesses, bone loss, and tooth impaction. When these problems are found early, they can be treated more efficiently with more treatment options. During your dental exam at Smiles of Chevy Chase, these digital x-rays will help Dr. Markogiannakis more accurately diagnose and treat oral health issues. Contact our Chevy Chase, MD dental office to schedule your annual dental exam with digital x-rays.
In most cases, digital x-rays are a part of a routine dental exam. They can be administered as a preventive measure or if you are experiencing dental issues of any kind. Though digital x-rays use less radiation than traditional x-rays, Smiles of Chevy Chase prefers to minimize the amount of exposure that is delivered to every patient. While they are typically safe for any patient, women who are pregnant or breastfeeding should tell Dr. Marko at the beginning of the exam so that extra precautions can be taken.
What to Expect
Typically done at the beginning of a dental cleaning or exam, digital x-rays take about 5 – 10 minutes to complete. Most patients will have a series of x-rays taken to include all areas of the mouth. After they are taken, they are uploaded and can be viewed by you and Dr. Markogiannakis during your appointment. She will be able to effectively assess if there are any abnormalities and discuss what treatments may be needed.
A series of digital x-rays will typically be taken once a year during your annual dental exam. During some visits, a whole mouth series may be taken to get a comprehensive view of the teeth, gums, and jawbone. Your digital x-rays will be kept with your file at Smiles of Chevy Chase so Dr. Marko can watch for changes over time and chart any areas of concern.
Typically, a dental insurance plan will cover the cost of digital x-rays as part of a routine dental exam. Our office will contact your insurance provider to determine any costs. For any out-of-pocket expenses, or if you don't have dental insurance, Smiles of Chevy Chase accepts many payment methods. In addition, we can help you find medical financing.
Digital x-rays are a great technology that can help diagnose a number of oral health problems. As part of a regular dental exam, they are able to give Dr. Markogiannakis a better view and allow her to see any hidden issues that need to be addressed before they can become painful. For improved dental health, contact our office in Chevy Chase, MD to schedule your next dental exam with digital x-rays.