About Digital X-rays
Having a clearer, high-detail view of the roots of the teeth and the surrounding bones is fundamental for overall dental health care at Michael A. Macaluso, D.D.S., PC. Having x-rays, when appropriate, is a priority. At our practice, we use digital radiography, which uses up to 90% less radiation than conventional x-rays. Digital x-rays (or radiographs) are performed as part of a dental exam as preventive and diagnostic measures. These images make it easier for our general and cosmetic dentist, Dr. Michael Macaluso, to diagnose issues that are not easily visible, and to understand more about the health of the interior of your teeth, gums, and jawbone. There are a variety of types of dental x-rays that are used, which are dependent on the symptoms.
Many dental concerns may be diagnosed with x-rays, including cavities, decay, abscesses, cysts, bone loss, and tooth impaction. If these issues are identified in the early stages, you may have more treatment options that are less invasive. As part of your dental exam at Michael A. Macaluso, D.D.S., PC in Houston, TX, digital imaging will help Dr. Macaluso to diagnose and treat your dental problems.
For most patients, digital images are included in an annual dental examination. Digital x-rays may be performed for prevention or if you are concerned about a specific problem. Even though digital x-rays emit significantly less radiation compared to traditional film x-rays, Michael A. Macaluso, D.D.S., PC tries to limit each patient's exposure. Although digital x-rays are generally safe for all patients, female patients who are breastfeeding or pregnant should inform our staff at the start of their dental exam so special cautionary steps may be taken.
What to Expect
Generally performed at the start of your appointment, digital imaging takes around 5 – 10 minutes to do. Many patients will get a set of x-rays to show the needed sections. Our x-rays send the images of your teeth and oral structure to a computer that then allows us to treat and prevent any issues that may arise. If you have any questions or concerns about the use of our state-of-the-art x-ray technology, make sure to ask for more information. Your health and well-being are at the foundation of every treatment or procedure we use at our practice. Once processed, they will be uploaded to be viewed by you and Dr. Macaluso throughout your treatment planning. Also, they will be a part of your electronic dental record.
You should have x-rays at least once a year during your annual dental exam. Dr. Macaluso may also take an x-ray if you come into our office with a dental emergency. If you need follow-up x-rays, Dr. Macaluso will make those recommendations during your treatment planning.
Let's Take a Look
As a part of an annual dental examination, digital x-rays can give Dr. Macaluso an in-depth understanding that allows him to catch hidden problems to be treated before you feel pain. He can also use them as a diagnostic tool when you have a broken tooth, a toothache you can't explain, and more. Contact our office in Houston, TX to make an appointment at Michael A. Macaluso, D.D.S., PC for your dental examination with digital x-rays.