Ballantyne Center for Dentistry
15105 John J. Delaney Dr., Suite K Charlotte NC 28277 (704) 274-2992

 (704) 540-2255

Digital X-Rays provide comfort and accurate diagnosis

At the Ballantyne Center for Dentistry, digital X-rays are an important part of getting the desired result—in fact, it’s where the process begins. Traditional X-rays make you grip film between your teeth and this can be uncomfortable. With digital X-rays, a small probe takes the “photos” and you barely feel anything.

Digital X-rays provide more accurate images and thus can help with a more accurate diagnosis. In addition, digital X-rays expose the patient to much less radiation than traditional X-rays while making the X-ray experience much more comfortable and effective and fast. 

In addition to digital xrays we also use a digital CBCT Scanner.  CBCT scans are incredibly important for patients as they age.  A CBCT scan is a digital 3-D image that allows us to look at the structures of your face and jaws in real time and in many different configurations.  We can measure bone amounts, find pathology that does not show up in traditional xrays, determine bone density, and many more important things.  A CBCT scan is now the standard of care in terms of a diagnostic tool to be used before placing dental implants.  If you are doing research on dental implants and are not advised to have a CBCT Scan do not proceed forward without insisting on this scan being taken.

Cost of Digital Xrays and Cone Beam or CT Scan

Technology, especially some diagnostic technology like CT Scans and Digital Cone Beam can be expensive.  Many dentists charge between $300-$500 for this service.  At the Ballantyne Center for Dentistry we are prepared to offer this service to you at no charge if you are seeking a second opinion on dental implants or if you attend one of our Dental Implant Seminars (for more information go HERE). Yes, Get a FREE CBCT Scan when you visit the Ballantyne Center for Dentistry as a New Patient interested in dental implants or if you come to one of our seminars. 

Ballantyne Dentistry Cone Beam CT Scan

Frequently Asked Questions about Digital X-rays

Digital X-Rays Charlotte, NCWhy do I need dental X-rays?

Dental X-rays are a great visual tool to help your dentist identify and diagnose dental damage and disease that are not visible during an oral exam. X-rays can reveal signs of cavities, abscesses, cysts, bone loss or changes to the bone and more. They can also help check the development of the wisdom teeth in children and teens, and determine if there is enough space in the mouth to accommodate all incoming teeth.

How often do I need X-rays?

How often you need to have dental X-rays depends on your current oral health, medical history and any risk factors. The average patient that practices good oral hygiene and does not have any dental problems should have dental X-rays every two to three years. Children, adolescents and adults with ongoing dental problems may need them more frequently (every six months to a year).

If you are seeing a dentist for the first time, the dentist may want to take a set of X-rays to set a baseline.

What is the process of getting a digital X-ray like?

You will be seated comfortably in the chair in the exam room, and a small, unobtrusive electronic sensor will be placed in your mouth. The sensor captures images of the inside of your mouth, which can be quickly pulled up onto a computer screen in the exam room. There is no film to process or delay as the pictures develop. The dentist can magnify areas of concern or otherwise manipulate the image as needed to help you understand your diagnosis and treatment options.

The X-rays can easily be emailed to you so you can keep a copy in your personal health files, or send them to your insurance company or another dentist. view at a later date.

Are digital X-rays safe?

Yes, digital X-rays are extremely safe and the radiation exposure is very low. Lead aprons and thyroid collars are still used to protect patients from the low amount of radiation exposure.

Dental X-Rays Charlotte, NCHow much radiation will I get from a digital X-ray?

Digital X-rays emit up to 90 percent less radiation than traditional X-rays.

What shows up on a digital X-ray?

Digital X-rays can identify abnormalities that are not detected during a visual exam, including the following:

  • areas of decay between the teeth or beneath restorations
  • bone infections
  • gum disease
  • abscesses
  • cysts
  • tumors or other abnormalities

Can pregnant women have digital X-rays taken?

A small number of digital X-rays are safe for pregnant women, although most patients and dentists prefer to delay taking the X-rays until after the patient delivers. In an emergency situation, the patient should be completely fine having the X-rays taken. Breastfeeding mothers can have X-rays at any time without the risk of problems.

Do I need a dental cone beam CT scan?

You may need to have a dental cone beam CT scan to measure jawbone density before the placement of dental implants. CBCT scans are crucial to helping our dentists properly plan out implant placement.

How much does a CBCT scan cost?

CBCT scans are complimentary if you are seeking a second opinion on dental implants, or you attend one of our dental implant seminars.


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