More than half of all adults aged 35 and over have the early stages of gum disease. Three out of four adults are eventually affected by it. Periodontal disease is he primary cause of tooth loss after age 35. The good news is there are steps you can take to prevent periodontal disease in your mouth. If caught in its early stages, gum disease can be reversed. The typo of treatment you require will be determined on how advanced your particular case is. Individualized treatment may include scaling and root planing or curettage. Scaling and root planing entails the removal of calcium deposits from your teeth; root plaining is the smoothing of the root surfaces so the gum tissue can reattach to the tooth. Curettage removes the soft tissue lining the periodontal pocket. This helped the gum tissue to heal.
Dental radiographs, commonly referred to as X-ray films, or informally, X-rays, are pictures of the teeth, bones, and surrounding soft tissues to screen for and help identify problems with the teeth, mouth, and jaw. X-ray pictures can show cavities, cancerous or benign masses, hidden dental structures (such as wisdom teeth), and bone loss that cannot be seen during a visual examination. Dental X-rays may also be done as follow-up after dental treatments. It is possible for both tooth decay and periodontal disease to be missed during a clinical exam, and radiographic evaluation of the dental and periodontal tissues is a critical segment of the comprehensive oral examination.
No one enjoys painful dental procedures. Oraqix is a fast-acting, needle-free anesthetic, administered topically at and below the gum line, that is effective and efficient for scaling and root planing procedures.
A panorex is a two-dimensional dental x-ray that displays both the upper and lower jaws and teeth, in the same film. Panorex films are used regularly for :
During the x-ray, the patient is asked to bite down on a special tool that assists the operator in positioning the patients head in the correct position. The patient is asked to stay very still while the panorex machine travels around the outside of the patients head, for approximately 20 seconds. The image is either displayed digitally on a computer, or processed onto traditional x-ray film, to be used by the dentist. Your dentist may recommend a panorex every five years, or whenever necessary for your specific situation.
While X-rays provide valuable information that we cannot get from any other source, they cannot show us everything that is going on in your mouth. That is why we invested in an intra-oral camera - a highly advanced piece of diagnostic equipment that allows you to see what we see inside your mouth. The intra-oral camera is approximately the size and shape of a dental mirror. It has a built-in light source, and serves as a tiny video camera that allows us to zoom in with 25 times magnification, or take a "video tour" of your mouth. Images are displayed on a video monitor so you will be able to see problems as we discuss your treatment options
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