In today’s society we are faced with numerous cut-backs and unfortunately we are seeing an increase in cut-backs particularly with dental insurance
benefits. Typical insurance plans traditionally covered for cavity detection x-rays (in dental terms these are called bitewing x-rays) once per year. Recently, however, many plans have reduced the benefit for this to once every two years. The result of this means the expense of the x-rays, which is typically covered by the insurance plan, is now the patient’s responsibility.
Since many oral diseases cannot be detected by just a visual or physical examination X-rays are a valuable preventive tool to help dentists detect oral health problems early. X-rays provide information about a patient’s oral health, such as early-stage cavities, gum disease, infections or some types of tumors.
X-rays can help reveal:
- small areas of decay between the teeth or existing fillings
- infections in the bone
- gum disease
- abscesses or cysts
- developmental abnormalities
- some types of tumors
Finding and treating dental problems early can save time, money and unnecessary discomfort. X-rays can help your dentist detect problems in your mouth that otherwise would not be seen. So while the expense of x-rays may be something new to work into your budget, the potential cost savings is immeasurable.