Digital X-Rays in Melbourne, FL

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Digital x-rays, also known as digital radiographs, and computerized decay detection are both performed as part of an annual dental exam, working in tandem to allow for a comprehensive view of the mouth. Both of these devices aid in the early detection of cavities and other ailments. Digital x-rays allow experienced dentist Dr. Sangiv I. Patel to diagnose issues that are not easily visible and to learn about the health of the inside of your teeth, gums, and jaw. His decay detection technology will be able to precisely pinpoint every area in which decay exists. When issues, such as tooth decay, bone loss, and cysts, are identified early, they may have more treatment options that are less invasive. During your dental examination at Sangiv I. Patel, D.D.S., PA in Melbourne, FL, digital imaging will help Dr. Patel diagnose and treat a wealth of oral health problems.

Best Candidates

During every patient's annual dental exam, digital x-rays and cavity detection will be used. Dr. Patel combines cavity detection technology with x-rays to ensure that all areas are accounted for. They can be administered for prevention or if you are experiencing a specific problem. Though digital x-rays use less radiation than traditional film x-rays, our practice tries to minimize each patient's exposure. While they are generally safe for any patient, women who are breastfeeding or pregnant should inform Dr. Patel at the beginning of the dental exam so special precautions can be taken.

What to Expect

Generally done at the beginning of your appointment, digital x-rays take about 5 – 10 minutes to complete. Most patients will have a series of x-rays taken to include all sections of the mouth. After they are done, they are uploaded and can be viewed by you and Dr. Patel during your exam. Then, after your teeth are professionally cleaned, he will begin the cavity detection portion of your dental exam. He will pass a handpiece with a blue light over your teeth. If there are any cavities, the light will react differently, and they will be recorded on the device. Once the process is done, Dr. Patel will go over your results. If any issues were detected during either process, he will talk to you about treatment options.


A series of x-rays will usually be done annually at your dental exam. At some visits, a whole mouth series may be needed to get a complete view of the teeth, gums, and oral bones. Your x-rays will be saved with other information at our office so Dr. Patel can identify changes over time and chart any growing concerns. If cavities are detected during your exam, then he will go over recommended treatments and when they should be performed. Ordinarily, a cavity that is caught early can be corrected with a tooth-colored filling. In some cases, another treatment (such as an inlay or onlay) will be recommended, which may need to be scheduled sooner. Dr. Patel may also discuss treatments (like fluoride therapy and sealants) that may reduce your risk of developing cavities.

Insurance Coverage

Generally, dental insurance plans will pay for any digital x-ray and decay detection costs as part of an annual dental exam. Our office will contact your insurance to calculate any payments. For any out-of-pocket expenses or if you don't have dental insurance, Sangiv I. Patel, D.D.S., PA accepts many payment methods. We can also assist you in finding medical financing.

Digital X-Rays

Digital imaging is a useful technology that can help diagnose and treat a range of health conditions. As a part of a regular dental exam, they are able to give Dr. Patel an in-depth view and allow him to catch hidden problems to be treated before potentially worsening. For improved dental health, contact our office in Melbourne, FL to schedule your next dental exam with digital imaging and computerized decay detection.

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