Diagnosing Your Smile With Digital X-Rays

When you see us for a routine exam, we want to help you enjoy improved oral health. By employing advanced technology, such as digital x-rays, we can obtain a more accurate and precise diagnosis. What do we look for when we examine your smile, and how often should you see your Newhall, CA, dentist for a checkup and cleaning?

Your Dental Checkups

We suggest a checkup every six months for patients of all ages, starting at around age three. If you have a high risk of developing gum disease or other serious oral health concerns, then we may suggest one every three to four months. The checkup is a chance for the dentist and our team to monitor your oral health throughout the year, periodically checking in to watch for the onset of common, but serious, oral health issues. We look at the teeth for indicators of tooth decay or dental infection. We also watch for the warning signs of TMJ disorder and bruxism (teeth grinding). The gums will be examined to look for signs of gingivitis and gum disease. For children, we also watch for the warning signs of developing misalignment, and for adults we perform annual oral cancer screenings during these visits. In addition to a visual scan by the dentist and hygienist, we will also employ advanced technology.

The Digital X-Ray

Digital x-rays use up to 90% less radiation than traditional x-ray systems. We use them to obtain an incredibly detailed view of the teeth, roots, and jaw joints. Unlike traditional methods, we won’t have to develop the images for a lengthy period in harsh chemicals. Instead, the pictures will be available instantly chairside, offering a more convenient and environmentally friendly means of diagnosis. We then walk you through the diagnosis, helping you gain a better understanding your oral health and addressing any questions or concerns you may have. Our team also uses these precise and detailed images to choose the most appropriate treatment options.

When to See Your Dentist

As we mentioned above, you should see us about every six months, so we can watch for the earliest indicators of trouble and treat the problems before they require more extensive (and expensive) solutions. However, if in between your visits you begin to experience regular toothaches and tooth sensitivity, or pain and bleeding in your gums, let us know. Persistent headaches and jaw pain could also mean you need to see us for a diagnosis.

Do You Have Questions About Our Dental Technology?

We employ advanced technology to help our patients enjoy better oral health. To learn more about our approach to family dentistry, then schedule a consultation by calling Newhall Dental Arts in Newhall, CA, today at (661) 259-7760.