22
Sep

Is There Any Radiation Danger from Digital X-Rays?

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When bringing in a new patient to their practice, or when analyzing a patient that hasn’t visited their facility in over a year, most dental professionals will ask that the patient undergoes digital x-rays. These digital x-rays help the dentist understand the condition of the patient’s teeth. They can pinpoint potential health issues and provide a foundation for the patient’s future treatment regimen. However, many patients are now concerned about the level of radiation exposure they experience during dental x-rays. In this latest post, we’ll help to allay the fears concerning dental x-ray radiation. Dental X-Rays Deliver the Lowest Dose of Radiation of any Medical X-Ray The latest data shows that dental x-rays deliver the lowest dose of radiation of any of the medical x-rays. With two-to-four digital x-rays of the back of the patient’s mouth, the patient is exposed to 0.005 millisieverts of radiation. By comparison, the average North…

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15
Sep

Why Do I Need X-Rays When I Visit the Dentist?

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Dental x-rays are a critical element of dental care. They are now widely used across the country as a means to detect dental health issues before they cause the patient further problems. Many patients remain confused on the use of dental x-ray machines, and don’t have a full understanding on their uses and benefits. In order to help provide a clear understanding on the subject, in this post we’ll look at the importance of dental x-rays within the treatment process. Gaining the Full Picture on a Patient’s Dental Health Using just their eyes, dentists can only see visible dental health issues on the patient’s gums and teeth. Teeth issues are not always visible and this means that dentists must use x-rays to gain a closer look at the changes taking place in the patient’s mouth. The x-rays provide dental health professionals a clear insight into potential dental health problems. For example,…

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8
Sep

3 Reasons Why a Cavity Might Not Hurt

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You visit the dentist to find out that after the x-rays have been completed, you have a cavity in one of your teeth. This can certainly be an annoying experience. Most people are confused by this diagnosis, especially if they haven’t experienced any pain to that point, but oftentimes a cavity might not be painful and within this post, we’ll explain three of the possible reasons a patient might not experience cavity pain. Pain Might go Away Due to Tissue Damage One of the more alarming reasons why tooth pain might quickly diminish over time is tissue damage. Sometimes, a tooth might hurt for a short period of time before the pain eventually subsides. This should not be taken as a sign that there’s no need to visit the dentist. More likely, the problem has caused significant damage to the nerve tissue surrounding the tooth. This means that the nerves are not…

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1
Sep

Why Do I Need a Crown After Having a Root Canal?

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A root canal treatment is the ideal means of preserving a tooth if the dentist decides that any further decay will likely damage the tooth. However, many patients are confused on the root canal process. Most don’t understand the benefits that having a crown placed on a tooth after a root canal can have for their dental health and so within this post, our experts will explain why a crown might be placed on the tooth after the root canal procedure. Crowns Are Required to Prevent Tooth Fracture When a root canal treatment is performed, the dentist creates an access hole through the top of the tooth to ensure the inner pulp can be expertly removed. This process helps to remove any leftover nerve tissue but also hollows out the tooth structure. The hollow tooth structure then becomes more susceptible to fractures over time. By placing a crown on the tooth,…

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