Radiographs (dental X-rays) are images of your teeth that your dentist uses to assess your oral health. Low-level radiation X-rays are used to acquire images of the interior of your gums and teeth. This can assist your dentist in detecting issues such as cavities, rotting, and impacted teeth.
Although dental X-rays appear to be complicated, they are actually relatively common equipment that is just as vital as teeth cleanings. While dental X-rays do expose children and adults to radiation, the quantities are so minimal that they’re relatively harmless. The hazards of radiation exposure are much lower if your dentist utilizes digital X-rays rather than processing them on film.
Exams & Cleaning
1. The dentist or hygienist removes plaque and tartar using either a metal scaler, which physically scrapes off bacterial build-up, or an ultrasonic scaler, which uses vibration.
2. Water is squirted into your mouth to rinse off the plaque. Then, a suction tool is used to suck it right up.
3. Your teeth are polished with gritty toothpaste.
4. Your teeth are flossed.
5. The dentist or hygienist discusses if any problems with your teeth or gums and may advise you on a better brushing or flossing technique.
1. The dentist uses a mirror and small devices to examine your mouth.
2. He or she evaluates your teeth’ alignment and looks for signs of grinding.
3. You are free to ask any questions about your oral health.
Instead of extracting a highly damaged or infected tooth, a root canal is used to heal and save it.
The goal of root canal therapy is to remove bacteria from the infected root canal, avoid reinfection, and save the original tooth. When one undergoes a root canal, the inflamed or infected pulp is removed and the inside of the tooth is carefully cleaned and disinfected, then filled and sealed. If your dentist or endodontist recommends a root canal operation to treat a broken or diseased tooth, don’t be concerned. Every year, millions of teeth are treated and preserved in this manner, relieving pain and restoring tooth health.
Dental extraction may be required due to severe tooth decay, infection, or crowding. When getting braces, one or two teeth may need to be removed to provide room for the other teeth as they shift into place. Additionally, patients who are undergoing chemotherapy or are preparing to undergo an organ transplant may require the removal of compromised teeth in order to maintain their oral health.
Tooth extraction is a reasonably rapid outpatient surgery that can be done under local, general, intravenous, or a combination of anesthesia by a dentist or oral surgeon. Extraction of visible teeth is a simple procedure. A more extensive process is required for teeth that are fractured, below the surface or impacted.