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A digital x-ray allows your dentist to take an image of the tooth or teeth and put it into an imaging program. Within this imaging program, there are a number of tools that will allow our dentists to take a very close look at the teeth and surrounding structures with amazing accuracy. At our practice this is so important in treating you at the highest level of standards that it is a requirement for all patients to have a digital panoramic xray taken at their first visit.
Accurate diagnostic radiographs (X-rays) are needed for the dental team to properly diagnose and evaluate your dental needs and concerns. We use these Xrays as diagnostic tools to determine your health status. They show us a very large area of your head and teeth which help us to screen for tumors, cysts, oral cancer, decay and periodontal disease (bone loss). This is important to us, as your dental provider, so we can provide you the very best care; approximately 9,000 people die of oral cancer in the US each year, early detection and treament could have saved their lives. This is why it is an absolute necessity here at New Baltimore Family Dentistry that we take a Panoramic Xray. You are welcome to bring in or email a copy of these Xrays from a prior doctor as long as they are of DIGITAL QUALITY and we strongly advise you PLEASE CALL prior to your first visit to make sure we have received these Xrays, otherwise we will take a Panormaic at that visit; it will be your responsibility for any amount not covered by insurance. Your insurance company may have a frequency limitation regarding certain radiographs; most insurance companies will cover a Panoramic or Full Mouth Xray once every 3 years; If at all possible, we will notify you prior to the taking of any radiographs that may not be covered, but remember, these radiographs are required to properly treat you.
As a benefit to the patient, our state-of-the art digital x-ray machine uses minimal radiation and about 80% less radiation than a standard x-ray. This is due to the fact that the digital version of the x-ray is much more sensitive to this radiation and has been specifically designed with the patient in mind. And we are proud to be protecting the environment by not using developing chemicals that are needed with standard x-rays.
Please note your insurance company has a frequency limitation on Full Mouth or Panoramic xrays. Most insurances will cover this xray once every three years so if you have had a full-mouth xray done at another doctor's office, as long as it is of DIGITAL QUALITY you are welcome to bring you xrays with you at your first visit. Please ask your prior doctor to mail your xrays to 12498 US Route 9W West Coxsackie, NY 12192 or email them to us at [email protected] We MUST have these xrays PRIOR to your first visit so it is suggested that you call our office at least one day before your appointment to make sure we have received them. If we do not receive your xrays or you do not wish to contact your prior doctor, we will take a panoramic xray at your first visit. It will be your responsibility to cover the cost of that xray if your insurance will not cover due to the frequency limitation. Our staff will be happy to let you know your out of pocket cost and answer any insurance questions you may have. We appreciate your cooperation and understanding that a Panoramic Xray is an essential requirement in treating you at the high level of standards at our practice.