Dentist Exam & X-Rays

 Healthy Teeth — Happy Smiles

The cornerstone of a dental health plan begins with a thorough exam and quality images of your mouth, teeth, gums and jaw. We take each during your initial exam before discussing your goals and making a plan that works backwards from there. Ongoing exams make sure we keep your oral health on track on a continual basis.

What to Expect →     Pricing →     FAQs →

We provide you with a visual diagnosis of your oral health using modern technology to recommend your best treatment options.

Learn About Our Approach →     X-Ray Questions? We’re Here to Help →

What to Expect

  • Exam & X-Rays

    We start by taking a series of images and measurements to visually assess your oral health:

    • Panoramic radiograph, which provides a full view of your mouth
    • Specific X-Rays to assess your unique needs, while minimizing radiation
    • Gum measurements to determine gum health
    • Intral-oral photographs for external visual assessment

    After the assessment has been made, your dentist will discuss your oral health goals with you and then conduct an exam, noting areas requiring treatment. From there, your dentist and a team member will work to develop a treatment plan that works backwards from your goals and oral health needs.

    In some cases your dentist may require you return for a second visit to take advanced records of your jaw joints and alignment.

“I wasn’t used to such a helpful explanation of my exam results and a thorough review of my treatment options with me being an active participant.”

— ROBERT KESECKER

Pricing

Exam & X-Rays $330

D0150. D0330  & D0210 or D0274

*Dental Membership Plan includes 2 exams and 1 set of x-rays per year.

FAQs

Should I be worried about radiation from X-Rays?

We use digital X-Ray technology, which requires ~70% less radiation than traditional X-Ray films. If your health condition requires special attention to your exposure to radiation, your dentist may recommend foregoing those images.

In technical terms, radiation dosage for dental x-rays are as follows:

• Panoramic X-Ray: 20 microsieverts
• Full mouth Series X-Rays: 20 microsieverts
• Intra-oral Dental X-Ray: 1 microsieverts


For comparison's sake, the daily amount of radiation we are exposed to just from being alive is 17 microsieverts.

Can I skip getting X-Rays?
Radiographic images (X-Rays) are necessary to accurately assess, diagnose and treat your oral health. In some cases, if you have health conditions preventing X-Rays from being taken, your dentist will recommend foregoing X-Rays temporarily. However, these will be required at a later date in order to be able to successfully continue your treatment.
What are the numbers that the dentist or hygienist sometimes call out during my exam?
These are measurements for indicating your gum health and help indicate which type of cleaning you should be prescribed in the future.

Other Services

My-Friends-Dentist-Thumbnail

Copyright © 2019 Michael R DeFee DMD PhD PLLC. All Rights Reserved. 
Privacy Policy
 | Terms of Use

 

 Find available appointments

Find available appointments