Using Digital X-Rays For Your Dental Exams

digital x-raysHow often do you see your Woodland Hills, CA, dentist for a checkup? To enjoy optimal oral health, and your brightest smile, you need to see us about once every six months for an exam and cleaning. To offer a more accurate diagnosis we employ digital x-ray technology as part of these visits. In today’s blog, we’re going to talk about checkups and digital x-ray technology!

The Benefits of a Digital Approach

The digital alternative offers a number of benefits for our patients. For example, the images themselves will not take a lengthy amount of time to develop and the process won’t require the use of harmful chemicals. Instead, the images will be available right away chairside! The process of capturing these images also uses 80% less radiation, and the pictures will be of greater detail. We can make a diagnosis with greater accuracy and precision, and also walk you through the process so you better understand the state of your oral health, and what is needed to keep your teeth and gums strong and healthy.

The Exam Process

Along with the x-rays, we will also use intraoral cameras to gather detailed images too. We will look for warning signs of demineralization, which could indicate cavities. The exam also identifies dental infection, TMJ disorder, bruxism (chronic teeth grinding), gingivitis, gum disease, and oral cancer. The sooner we identify a problem, the sooner we administer the appropriate treatment. We can help spare you the need for extensive and expensive treatments down the road. You should have one at least once every six months!

Keeping Your Teeth Clean

As part of your exam, we will also clean your teeth. The process involves removing all plaque and tartar from the surfaces of the teeth with an ultrasonic scaling device and a manual tool. In a matter of a few minutes, we will be able to lower the risk of tooth decay and gum disease, while also fighting bad breath and dental discoloration. If you have high risk factors for gum disease, then you may need one every three to four months!

Warning Signs of Poor Oral Health

You should also see us if in between these visits you encounter warning signs of trouble, such as tooth sensitivity and toothaches, or gums that feel sore, look red, or bleed easily.

Do You Have Questions About Preventive Dental Care?

With a routine checkup every six months, we have an opportunity to guide you toward a healthier and brighter smile! For more information on keeping your teeth and gums strong then please schedule a consultation by calling Woodland Hills Dental Arts in Woodland Hills, CA today at 818-347-5124. We also proudly welcome patients from Thousand Oaks, Westlake, Encino, Sherman Oaks, and all surrounding communities.