We are focused on the health as well as the beauty of your smile!
Often times patients ask if they can bypass the x-rays.
We like to think of it like this:
Asking us to bypass x-rays for a comprehensive exam would be like taking your car to the mechanic to check something, but not letting him look under the hood!
Many dental problems can start in areas that are not visible to the human eye. Our focus is always on preventing problems, therefore the x-rays are necessary.
We have replaced standard film x-rays with low-radiation digital radiography. Although standard dental film x-rays only carry a radiation dose equivalent to about an hour in the sun, our digital radiography system is even lower at only 50-60% of that dose. In addition, we now are able to enlarge the x-rays for greater detail and diagnostic capability.
The digital format also allows us the ability to transfer the x-rays electronically by email to specialists for referral purposes, and to insurance companies to expedite your insurance claims.
Appliances To Prevent Tooth Grinding:
Tooth Grinding, also called "Bruxism", usually occurs at night. However, people who brux (grind) at night, generally clench their teeth, and sometimes grind them during daytime hours when they are in deep thought, or under stress.
When this is diagnosed, we recommend an appliance to be worn at night. This may or may not prevent grinding, but it will protect your teeth if the grinding continues.