You will feel a small prick from the initial anesthetic, but most treatment will feel like pressure rather than pain. If you are sensitive to noise you may use your headphones to listen to whatever you wish. We can also provide you with earplugs.
We check before each procedure to see if it will be covered by your insurance and let you know ahead of time what your benefit covers and what your copay is, if any. Sometimes upon completion of treatment, your insurance may change its reimbursement amount – if this occurs you will be responsible for any balance.
Teeth and gums do not have the same reparative ability as the rest of the body. For instance, a broken tooth will never heal. Delaying treatment now will increase the need for more extensive treatments later. We practice minimally invasive dentistry, and we will help you decide when to start treatment.
While it’s natural to worry about radiation exposure, the benefits provided by dental x-rays far outweigh the minimal radiation exposure. X-rays help us diagnose conditions that cannot be deduced visually including hidden caries (cavities), bone loss, and pathology; allow us to safely navigate around nerves and the sinus cavity when planning treatment; and make it possible to perform root canals and implants with precision.
A set of dental x-rays imparts less radiation than a flight from New York City to Los Angeles and compares favorably with the background radiation received going about your daily life.
We take all precautions when performing dental x-rays including a protective apron, thyroid collar, and limiting images to the number absolutely necessary for your particular situation. If you have further concerns, don’t hesitate to contact us.