Dental X-ray - Long Island City, NY
Dental X-rays are a part of your annual dental check up so they are typically taken once a year. They allow our restorative dentists to check for tooth decay that we normally wouldn't be able to see with our naked eyes.
What are the three types of dental x-rays?
The three most common types of dental x-rays that are taken at a dental office are bitewing x-rays, PA x-rays, and a Panoramic x-ray.
The bitewings and PAs are more commonly taken at general dentist, family dentist, and cosmetic dentist offices. The Panoramic x-ray is more commonly found at oral surgery offices because they allow the practitioner to see where the lower nerve is in relation to the wisdom tooth. Although some general dentists may have a panoramic machine at their office if they do a lot of wisdom teeth removal or have a surgeon on staff.
Those are the common types but in the last decade or so, a lot of dental specialists have started incorporating CBCT machines at their office. A cone beam will take a 3-dimensional view of the jaw instead of the regular 2-dimensional from the other 3 types of xrays. This helps them visualize the surrounding structures more accurately.
The types of dental x-rays our long island city dentists offer
At our office, we're currently only taking bitewing and periapical (PA x-rays) because that is sufficient for what we need to do. We don't have a panoramic machine but we do have space built out in the office for it. At the moment, we do not have an oral surgeon on staff so we haven't required the need for one. The surgeon that we refer to does have the machine so you're all covered when we give you the referral!
What is the cost of a dental x-ray with a dentist in long island city?
If you have a PPO dental insurance, the x-ray is typically covered at 100% so it wouldn't cost you anything out of pocket. Although we have seen exceptions at our office, where your annual deductible applies for the visit. There is also the possibility that there is a small copay as well, we've seen 10% copays every now and then.
If you do not have dental insurance, we do have a new patient special where you only have to pay for the dental cleaning but the dental x-ray and dental check up are included at no additional cost. This is a special offer provided to you by our LIC dentists. We don't like charging for x-rays because no one likes taking them so we just make them at no cost to you~