Digital X-rays Overview
Digital x-rays, also known as digital radiographs, may be taken during an annual dental examination to allow a better view of your teeth and gums. These state-of-the-art digital x-rays by NOMAD are diagnostic machines, which allow our dentists, Dr. Minho Chang and Dr. Nam Kim, to identify problems that are not visible to the eye. The digital x-ray reveals numerous dental and oral health problems that can be seen on digital x-rays, such as tooth decay, cavities, cysts, abscesses, bone atrophy, and impactions. When these problems are found early, they can be treated more efficiently with less invasive treatment options. During your annual exam or at a consultation for a restorative or cosmetic dental need at Luminous Dental Studio in Frisco, TX, digital x-rays will greatly assist Dr. Chang or Dr. Kim in accurately diagnosing your needs.
Our Additional Technologies
In addition to our digital x-rays, our dentists also provide the following technologies at Luminous Dental Studio:
Cone beam computed tomography (CT) scan
If you need to have more in-depth dental procedures performed, we can offer you images of your teeth, nerves, soft tissues, and bone quality in a cone beam CT scan. This will give you and Dr. Chang or Dr. Kim the best view of what is happening in your mouth than just a simple x-ray.
Extraoral bitewing x-rays
We have a patented robotic Selectively Compliant Articulated Robot Arm (SCARA) on our Planmeca ProMax machine to take bitewing x-rays from the outside of your mouth. This also means that you do not have to bite down on sensors that can scrape your gums or cause you to have a gag reflex. With an extraoral bitewing, your appointment can go faster because this is a single process (no adjusting or repositioning sensors for different angles). You also benefit from less radiation exposure. For our young patients, the ProMax emits less radiation when it is set to "child mode."
Digital intraoral sensor
Our dentists can enhance the quality of your images with a digital intraoral sensor placed inside of your mouth during your digital x-ray session.
Digital X-rays Reviews
"Love this place! We just moved my dad to the area due to health issues. He hasn't seen a dentist in more than 8 years. Dr. Chang was very thorough in his exam and with dealing with my dad. He explained everything and helped us set up a treatment plan. My dad was worried that it would take "too many visits" but felt that the plan was appropriate."- A.W. / Yelp / May 28, 2019
"Pleasant experience throughout the session. Staffs were very friendly and place was clean. They got me a goodie bag of basic teeth cleaning tools at the end. Will visit again for my next semi annual checkup!"- E.L. / Google / Mar 20, 2019
"I had an appointment with Dr. Kim today and was impressed with the clean interior, friendly staffs, modern technology, and most importantly the quality of service that was provided throughout my dental treatment. Prior to coming here, I went to two different dentists in a period of two months only to find out I was almost charged with unnecessary services instead of taking care of the root problem. After being traumatized once again, I decided to come to Luminous Dental Studio after a referral from a friend. Despite the 40 minutes it took me to get here, it was well worth the trip. I'll be bringing my husband in next time and I even joked that I'll bring my kids in the future whenever we have them haha. Lastly, thanks for the painless treatment. I really enjoyed watching my favorite baking show on Netflix. :)"- I.K. / Google / Mar 27, 2018
"I am normally terrified to go to the dentist and came here for the great reviews and new technology. I had the best experience I have ever had at a dentist. I felt very comfortable and even with my nerves regarding the dental work, I felt like I was being cared for with patience and kindness from my dentist. I’m very optimistic for future visits(this is a first for me)! Dr. Kim listened to my concerns, questions, and statements regarding my dental anxiety and took them into account my entire appointment. This made me feel more comfortable and helped me to get through the appointment with more ease than I have ever had."- E.F. / Google / Jul 06, 2019
"Luminous Dental is a very nice, modern, clean, and comfortable studio. The staff is professional easy-going and friendly. Dr. Minho Chang, DMD was very calm, punctual and gentle. The staff go out of their way to provide helpful tips and advise on how to maintain healthy teeth. Above all, this place is well equipped with the latest tech systems and dental equipments.Not to forget, the flat screen TV’s hanging from the ceilings really adds to the luxury comfort that luminous Dental studio provides it’s guest. Imagine yourself being at a dentist appointment feeling like you are on your way to Miami, laying down on a first class seat on a SouthWest airplane..."- E.D. / Google / May 15, 2019
Best Candidates for Digital X-rays
In most cases, digital x-rays are a part of a routine dental exam. They can be administered as a preventive measure or if you are experiencing dental issues of any kind. Though digital x-rays use less radiation (an ultra-low dose) than traditional x-rays, there is still some radiation involved in the process. Luminous Dental Studio prefers to minimize the amount of exposure that is delivered to every patient. While digital x-rays are normally safe for any patient, it may not be for everyone. If you are a woman who is pregnant or breastfeeding, please tell us at the beginning of the appointment so that extra precautions can be taken for no accidental radiation exposure.
What to Expect with Digital X-rays
Digital x-rays take approximately 5 – 10 minutes to obtain. Most patients will be given a series of x-rays to cover all areas and angles of the mouth. Then, your digital x-rays are uploaded and saved in your electronic dental record. These images can be viewed during your appointment so that you and Dr. Chang or Dr. Kim can discuss the findings. Your dentist will be able to evaluate what needs to be done if any abnormalities exist and discuss what treatments might be needed to fix the issue.
Digital X-rays Follow-Up
A series of digital x-rays are typically taken once a year at your annual dental exam. During some visits, a whole mouth series may be captured to get a comprehensive view of the teeth, gums, and jawbone. Your digital x-rays will be kept with your file at Luminous Dental Studio so we can watch for changes over time and chart any areas of concern.
Here's Looking At You
Digital x-rays are a fantastic tool and technology that can help diagnose and treat oral health problems. As part of a regular dental exam, these x-rays are able to give Dr. Chang and Dr. Kim a better idea of what is happening inside your mouth. Our NOMAD imaging technologies can also reveal the hidden issues that we cannot see with the naked eye. This can help you cut down time in a dental chair and save money because you want to treat issues (even minor ones) before they become painful dental emergencies. For improved dental health, contact our office in Frisco, TX to schedule your next dental exam with digital x-rays.