A question we sometimes hear from patients is how important are dental x-rays? Are they really necessary once per year? Don't they emit harmful radiation?
Today, your Humble, TX dentist will alleviate your concerns about dental x-rays and explain why they're important and what we use them for.
We Recommend You Have Bite-Wing X-Rays Taken Once Each Year
Bite-wing x-rays are close-up images of each tooth that allow Dr. Appel to see any concerns like developing tooth decay as early as possible. When we detect problems early on, we can typically treat them with less costly and less invasive procedures, which makes dentistry more comfortable and stress-free for you.
Bite-wing x-rays also provide a baseline record that we can use yearly to monitor your dental health. In addition, these images allow our dentist to see things internally that can't be caught with the naked eye.
The good news is that most dental insurances cover most of the cost of bi-annual teeth cleaning, checkups, and annual bite-wing x-rays. So these preventive services don't deplete your budget while also helping protect your dental health.
If you don't have dental insurance, be sure to ask about our Humble Dentistry Membership Savings Plan. It can help reduce the cost of preventive teeth cleanings, checkups, and restorative procedures.
3-D Dental Imaging
Dr. Appel also uses 3-D digital imaging for more complex cases and procedures. This advanced technology gives us clear views of your teeth, jawbone, soft tissues, and joints.
3-D imaging is useful when planning treatment procedures like:
- Root canal treatment
- Tooth extraction
- Dental implants
Dr. Appel uses 3-D x-rays to pre-plan dental implant treatment, which streamlines the placement procedure and helps him achieve optimum results for successful implant placement.
He can also diagnose and plan treatment for painful jaw joint (TMJ) issues, alleviating the pain and symptoms associated with temporomandibular disorder (TMD).
Contact Humble Dentistry Today
If you're looking for an excellent dentist for the communities of Humble, Atascocita, Kingwood, Porter, Ramblewood, Moonshine Hill, Bordersville, and Kenswick, TX, your team at Humble Dentistry would love to meet you!