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Wisdom Teeth Removal

And what exactly does 'impacted' mean? Any tooth has the potential to become impacted—that is, emerges in some oddball direction that crowds other teeth. But the most famous culprits are third molars, the last-to-emerge wisdom teeth. Not many mouths can accommodate these teeth. They often wind up pressing against their neighbors, ultimately pressuring the rest of the teeth to disrupt their alignment. That's not a wise thing to let happen. Wisdom teeth get our attention when they cause pain and swelling. Routine X-rays, beginning around age 12, alert us to problem potential before wisdom teeth start getting disruptive. X-rays can let us know whether those mighty molars must go.

By |2021-02-20T17:33:02+00:00June 1st, 2021|Restorative Dentistry|Comments Off on Wisdom Teeth Removal

How Valuable are Dental X-Rays, Really?

There's no substitute for a dental X-ray in seeing everything we need to know about your teeth, jaw, and sinuses. We can diagnose decay under old fillings, abscesses, bone loss due to periodontal (gum) disease, cancer, and tumors, extra and impacted teeth. We couldn't see these conditions with the naked eye no matter how closely we looked! Most people are aware that X-rays involve radiation, and we know some folks are concerned. But the exposure you receive from a dental X-ray is so tiny it doesn't even compare to the natural radiation you get from, say, a day in the park. We further minimize the radiation through lead aprons, super high-speed film, and filters. X-rays are a very important diagnostic [...]

By |2020-07-27T18:50:09+00:00October 6th, 2020|Preventative Dentistry|Comments Off on How Valuable are Dental X-Rays, Really?

Dental X-Ray FAQs

Why do I need X-Rays? X-rays, or radiographic examinations, provide us with an important tool that shows the condition of your teeth, its roots, jaw placement, and the overall composition of your facial bones. X-Rays can help determine the presence or degree of periodontal disease, abscesses, and many abnormal growths, such as cysts and tumors. X-Rays also can show the exact location of impacted and unerupted teeth. They can pinpoint the location of cavities and other signs of disease that may not be possible to detect through a visual examination. Do all patients have X-Rays taken every six months? No. Your X-Ray schedule is based on our assessment of your individual needs, including whether you're a new patient or a [...]

By |2019-12-31T19:37:16+00:00April 28th, 2020|Preventative Dentistry|Comments Off on Dental X-Ray FAQs

Your Child’s First Visit to the Dentist

When should my child first see a dentist, and why? The ideal time is six months after your child's first (primary) teeth erupt. This time frame is a perfect opportunity for us to examine the development of your child's mouth carefully. Because dental problems often start early, the sooner the visit, the better. To safeguard against issues such as baby bottle tooth decay, teething irritations, gum disease, and prolonged thumb-sucking, we can provide or recommend special preventive care. How do I prepare my child and myself for a visit? Before the visit, plan a course of action for either reaction your child may exhibit—cooperative or non-cooperative. Very young children may be fussy and not sit still. Talk to your child [...]

By |2019-09-29T21:20:19+00:00November 19th, 2019|Children's Dentistry|Comments Off on Your Child’s First Visit to the Dentist