X-Rays

DHA uses the latest in digital x-ray technology making it safer for you and better for the environment!

Occasionally, as a part of our excellent preventive care that Dental Health Associates provides to all of its patients, your DHA dental hygienist will take x-rays of your mouth. Dental radiographs are invaluable aids in diagnosing, treating, and maintaining oral health. By examining your x-rays, your DHA dentist can catch cavities developing in your teeth, gum disease or bone loss and begin treatment right away. That quick response will likely result in less pain and discomfort for you, less damage to your teeth and less intrusive treatment.

X-Ray Safety

Dental x-rays emit very low levels of radiation. To take your x-rays, DHA uses digital x-rays or radiography. With digital radiography, digital sensors are used instead of photographic film to record pictures of your teeth. Your Dental Health Associates team will use the latest in digital technology when taking x-rays of your teeth.

Digital x-rays:

  • Are environmentally friendly. Environmentally harmful chemicals needed to develop film are not required.
  • Are less time-consuming for you. The results are displayed on a computer screen. There is no waiting for film to be developed.
  • Reduce your exposure to radiation. Because digital sensors are better detectors of radiation than film is, less radiation is required by digital x-rays to capture the images.

If you have any concerns or questions about x-rays, ask your DHA dentist.

X-Ray FAQs

How often should my teeth be x-rayed?

Regular screening x-rays are recommended once a year. By examining screening x-rays, your DHA dentist can detect cavities while they are still small, thus preventing larger and more extensive treatment. X-rays also are valuable to gain further insight into a problem area, for example, a toothache.

What if I'm pregnant and need x-rays?

Unfortunately, untreated dental infections can pose a risk to the baby, and dental treatment may be necessary to preserve the health of the mother and child. Radiation from dental x-rays is extremely low. Even so, your DHA dentist will take every precaution to minimize any possible radiation exposure by using a lead apron as protection.

Will my insurance cover my x-ray?

Insurance coverage varies greatly for each individual policy. To find out what percentage may be covered by your insurance plan, refer to the information provided to you when you enrolled, or call the 1-800 number on the back of your card to ask a representative. If you need help obtaining this information, a Dental Health Associates front desk staff member would be happy to help you. If you are a DHA patient, our financial coordinators will help you obtain an estimate of coverage if requested.

Common Types of X-Rays

Bitewing X-Ray

This type of dental x-ray is typically taken once a year, and normally during your cleaning appointments. It is used to see between your molar teeth to look for cavities, especially in between your teeth and under existing fillings or crowns.

Panoramic X-Rays

Sometimes a dentist needs to see in between all of your teeth at once, or see your bone density or determine if there is a growth or cyst in your sinus cavities, or fractures in your jaw. They also tend to be required if oral surgery is needed.

Periapical (PA) X-Ray

This is a single x-ray of a single tooth, taken to asses the tooth in question from cusp to root tip and beyond. It is used when a tooth is causing pain to a patient.

Radiographs allow us to see everything we cannot see with our own eyes. Detecting and treating dental problems at an early stage can save you time, money, unnecessary discomfort, and your teeth!

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