Cleanings, Exams and X-Rays (Radiography)
Located in Post Falls, ID, Drs. David and Sunnshine Welton, DDS, are dedicated to the health and satisfaction of their patients. Ensuring the health of their mouths is their number one priority. Part of this wellness process includes cleanings, exams and x-rays (also known as radiographs).
Routine cleanings are imperative to the health of your mouth. As you should be brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing daily, these cleanings are a more in depth preventative measure. These cleanings are painless, although if you don't clean your teeth as often as you should, or there is an underlying issue, you may experience some slight discomfort. By having your teeth professionally cleaned, any stubborn plaque that your toothbrush and floss cannot get is removed. You may also miss some places during your daily routine, which means you could experience some buildup, but your dentist will be able to get to them. There are a variety of tools used during a professional cleaning that you most likely don't have access to. This thorough cleaning helps you to prevent such problems as tooth decay and gum disease.
It is recommended that you see your dentist at least twice a year (every six months). During these routine exams, you will have your teeth cleaned. Your dentist will also check each of your teeth, looking for cavities, signs of decay and other potential problems. He or she will also check your gums, looking for any possible signs of gum disease. Any problems noted will be addressed. You may have a discussion about your daily dental hygiene habits as well as any lifestyle habits that may affect the health of your mouth. You will also have the opportunity to ask your dentist questions and address any concerns you may have. Recommendations about what you can do to prevent future problems can be made. You could also receive x-rays if your dentist needs a more in depth look at your teeth.
Dental X-Rays (Radiography)
X-rays allow your dentist a much more up close and personal look at your teeth (including the roots), gums (both outside and under) and jawbone. Your dentist can see both between and inside of your teeth. With these images, he or she can see what may not be visible to the naked eye during a routine exam, and thus can check for all kinds of issues. Gum disease, cavities and other issues can be more confidently diagnosed. Your dentist can assess the health of your jawbone. For younger patients, x-rays can be used simply to see the development of their teeth.
There are several types of x-rays, which are used for a variety of purposes. Periapical x-rays allow a view of the entire tooth from the very top down to the root. Bitewing x-rays show a closer look at the back teeth, both upper and lower. A panoramic x-ray shows not only the teeth, but the sinus cavities and joints of the jaw. These images are most often used in orthodontics or when dental implants are needed. An occlusal x-ray gives your dentist a better view of your bite.
Drs. David and Sunnshine Welton, DDS have your best dental interests at heart. For more information, or to schedule an appointment, contact them today.
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