Dental x-rays in Long Island City, NY
Dental X-rays are typically a part of your annual dental check up so they are routinely 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.
Signs you may need a dental x-ray
Visual examination is only a small part of the dental check up. It does not provide enough information for your dentist to make a complete diagnosis. X-rays help to bridge that information gap so that we know for sure what it is that is bothering you.
If you're having pain and swelling, it is most likely infected. You need to take an x-ray to see what is going on.
Sensitivity to sweet
If your teeth are sensitive to sweets, you may have a cavity. An x-ray will verify whether or not you have one!
If your tooth is discolored and looks grey, it may be dead. A periapical x-ray will confirm whether the nerve is dead.
What are the 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. However, 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.
What 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 more than enough 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've only general and cosmetic dentists on staff so there is no oral surgeon. However, 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~