Are Dental X-Rays Necessary?

Dental X-rays are an integral part of any dental exam. X-rays give the dentist an idea of what is going on beneath the surface. Dental x-rays can show how teeth are developing and growing in, they can show decay and they can show other issues that are not visible to the naked eye.

You will likely experience two different types of x-rays when you see your dentist. The first is bite wing x-rays. These are the ones that you bite down on and place the x-ray unit on the outside of your cheek.

The second type of x-ray you will likely experience is called a panoramic x-ray. This is the one that spins around your head and takes an x-ray of your entire mouth. These panoramic x-rays give great insight into what is going on in your mouth.

Will Dental Insurance Cover Dental X-rays?

Because dental x-rays are a necessary part of a dental exam, your dental insurance usually covers them at certain intervals. If you find a new dentist and you recently had x-rays done at another office, your insurance might not cover another set of x-rays. Your dentist can request those x-rays from the previous office so that you don’t have to pay for them.

We offer digital x-rays to minimize your exposure to radiation, and to maximize our ability to see issues that might cause future problems. We can bring these x-rays up on the screen right in front of you so that you can see exactly what the dentist is talking about.

If you want to find out about our new patient specials that include your dental x-rays, call us today at (208)529-0420.

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