Digital radiography (digital x-ray) is the latest technology used to take dental x-rays. This technique uses an electronic sensor (instead of x-ray film) that captures and stores the digital image on a computer. This image can be instantly viewed and enlarged helping the dentist and dental hygienist detect problems easier. Digital x-rays reduce radiation 80-90% compared to the already low exposure of traditional dental x-rays.
Dental x-rays are essential, preventative, diagnostic tools that provide valuable information not visible during a visual dental exam. Dentists use this information to safely and accurately detect hidden dental abnormalities and complete an accurate treatment plan. Without x-rays, problem areas may go undetected.
Dental Hygiene Services
What is a hygienist?
Hygienists work with dentists and their main role is to professionally clean your teeth, a process called scaling and polishing. They will carefully remove hard deposits of calculus (tartar) that build up on your teeth, using manual or ultrasonic instruments. If there is a lot of tartar, two or three visits may be necessary. Hygienists also give advice on diet, oral hygiene and will recommend suitable products to maintain good oral health.
How often should I visit a hygienist?
Every patient has different needs. For example, if you have advanced gum disease, four visits may be required over a period of four weeks, followed by monthly visits after that. On the other hand, if you have a healthy mouth, your hygienist may recommend twice-yearly visits.
The pit and fissure of a tooth refers to the grooves in molars and premolars. These grooves are deep, making them difficult to clean and susceptible to decay. Most cavities in teeth begin in these grooves. By placing a sealant, a thin plastic coating, in these grooves we can help protect teeth from decay and make them easier to clean.
We highly recommend that children and teenagers have pit and fissure sealants placed on their teeth because this is an age when teeth are most prone to cavities. The healthier children and teenagers can keep their teeth, the longer their teeth will last. We also recommend that adults with deep grooves receive pit and fissure sealants to help prevent cavities.