Dental x-rays are a valuable diagnostic tool that provide information not visible to the naked eye. Dentists and dental hygienists use this information to safely and accurately detect hidden dental abnormalities and formulate and accurate treatment plan. Without these x-rays, many problem areas in your teeth may go undetected, including:
• Abscesses or Cysts
• Bone Loss
• Non-Cancerous and Cancerous Tumors
• Decay Below the Gum Line or Between Teeth
• Poor Tooth and Root Positions
• Developmental Abnormalities
Early detection may save you time, money, and unnecessary discomfort in the near future. Our office is pleased to offer Sirona digital x-rays for our clients. This technique uses an electric sensor (instead of x-ray film) to capture and store the digital image on a computer for your immediate viewing, mitigating both your wait time as well as the elimination of harmful waste into the environment from traditional x-ray prints. Digital x-rays reduce radiation by a further 80-90% compared to the already low exposure of more traditional dental x-rays. Although x-rays are already considered very safe, our staff takes extra precautions to ensure your safety, taking x-rays only when deemed necessary and using lead apron shields to protect our patients.
For new patients, we recommend a full-mouth Panorex x-ray, which is good for 3-5 years. Bite-Wing x-rays of your top and bottom teeth are taken once or twice a year, during routine check-ups, to help detect any new dental problems that may arise.
Fluoride is a highly effective agent available to prevent tooth decay. This naturally occurring mineral is found in almost all foods and water in varying amounts. The benefits of fluoride for your teeth are well documented and supported by many health organizations. Fluoride helps prevent tooth decay by hardening the tooth enamel, and our staff may recommend a professional application of fluoride twice a year during regular check-ups to help keep your teeth strong. Fluoride alone will not prevent tooth decay, so remember to brush, floss, and see your dentist regularly!
Sealants are a thin, plastic-like coating applied to the deeply grooved surfaces of your teeth, creating smooth, easy to clean surfaces. Sealants are recommended anytime throughout the cavity-prone years of 6-16, are painless, and take only a few minutes to apply per tooth.
Dental Exams and Cleanings
A comprehensive dental exam will be performed by your dentist, including x-ray examinations, oral cancer screenings, and check-ups on past dental procedures. Dental cleanings are performed in our office by registered dental hygienists. Your cleaning appointment will include scaling or root planing to remove tartar, polishing to remove stains and dental plaque, and fluoride treatment. You will also receive personal instruction on oral care and home maintenance. Our office also provides a selection of electric toothbrushes for sale should you wish to purchase one.