With digital xray technology, we have an advanced form of x-ray inspection which produces a digital radiographic image instantly on a computer. This technique uses less radiation due to x-ray sensitive plates that capture the data. Additionally, dental insurance usually determines reimbursement costs based on the treatment itself and not on what method is used. Therefore, your compensation is likely to be the same as it would with non-digital xrays.
3D Xray Unit
Our 3D/2D Imaging System allows us to take a variety of images including:
- Panoramic Films
- Extraoral Bitewings
- this is great if you have a gag reflex as the film is outside of your mouth and can detect decay.
- 3D CBCT Scans to evaluate:
- Root Canals
- TMJ issues
A CBCT scan, also known as Cone Beam Computerized Tomography, is an x-ray technique that produces 3D images of your skull that allows visualization of internal bony structures in cross section rather than as overlapping images typically produced by conventional x-ray exams. CBCT scans are primarily used to visualize bony structures, such as teeth and your jaws, not soft tissue such as your tongue or gums.
Advantages of a CBCT Scan over conventional x-rays: A conventional x-ray of your mouth limits your dentist to a two-dimensional or 2D visualization. Diagnosis and treatment planning can require a more complete understanding of complex three-dimensional or 3D anatomy. CBCT examinations provide a wealth of 3D information which may be used when planning for dental implants, surgical extractions, maxillofacial surgery, and advanced dental restorative procedures. Benefits of CBCT scans include: A. Higher accuracy when planning implant placement surgery; B. Greater chance for diagnosing conditions such as vertical root fractures that can be missed on conventional x-ray films; C. Greater chance of providing images and information which may result in the patient avoiding unnecessary dental treatment; D. Better diagnosis of third molar (wisdom teeth) positioning in proximity to vital structures such as nerves and blood vessels prior to removal. E. The CBCT scan enhances your dentist’s ability to see what needs to be done before treatment is started.
Diagnosis of non-dental conditions: While parts of your anatomy beyond your mouth and jaw may be evident from the scan, your dentist may not have the qualifications to diagnose conditions that may be present in those areas. If any abnormalities, asymmetries, or common pathologic conditions are noted upon the CBCT scan, it may become necessary to send the scan to an Oral and Maxillofacial Radiologist for further diagnosis. If this occurs, we will discuss this option with you as well as the fee for the additional diagnosis and referral.
You have the rights to a copy of your CBCT Scan: In some cases we may recommend that you consider a more detailed reading and/or interpretation of your scan by a board certified radiologist. We will charge a nominal fee for the copy, but additional costs for the reading/interpretation are the patient’s responsibility.
*If your xrays are not covered by dental insurance, they may be covered by your medical insurance. Reach out to us to learn more.