X-rays are an extremely important part of your dental evaluation, and they are vital to proper diagnosis and prevention of disease. The kinds of x-rays needed are based upon your age, your medical history, a thorough examination of the mouth, a TMJ evaluation, and an examination of the health of your gums.
A panorex x-ray shows a broad view of the jaw, teeth, sinuses, nasal area and TMJ. It shows problems such as impacted teeth, bone abnormalities, cysts, infections and fractures.
Bite wings x-rays show the upper and lower back teeth. These x-rays are used primarily to check for decay between the teeth. They also show bone loss when periodontal disease or a dental infection is present. Most frequently a bite wing is taken on each side of the mouth. Continue reading
Dentures should be comfortable and not cause pain. If you have pain, that is a signal it is time for a checkup. Dentures that sit snugly on the gums and do not slide are usually comfortable. It is when poor fitting dentures or old dentures rub against gums, leading to soreness and swelling, that problems arise.
Problems Commonly Caused By Loose Dentures
Do not put off seeing your dentist when your dentures become loose and rub against your gums. Loose fitting dentures not only cause discomfort, but can make you susceptible to infection. Problems caused by poor fitting dentures include: Continue reading
In the past, you may have experienced a dental treatment that required the dentist to take an impression of your teeth, a slow, messy process. The iTero digital scanner not only eliminates that process for most procedures, but also it produces a high quality, 3D scan of your teeth. This phenomenal machine takes digital images of your teeth and translates them into a model using CAD/CAM technology, enhancing your comfort, as well as your overall experience. Continue reading
Chronic severe headaches are an affliction that affects one in eight Americans. Most headaches stem from muscle tension. Many tension headaches can be related to your bite and your dentist might be able to help ease that tension and pain.
How teeth are related to chronic headaches
Grinding and clenching are associated with muscle tension and eventual pain. When you grind or clench your teeth, you place Continue reading