Examining Your Smile With Digital Technology

A routine exam and cleaning every few months can help people of all ages enjoy optimal oral health, avoiding the onset of common health issues, such as cavities or gum disease. In order to offer residents of Dallas, TX, exams with precision and accuracy, we may employ digital technology. What benefits will our digital x-rays offer?

The Digital X-Ray

First, the x-ray itself uses up to 80% less radiation that traditional options. While traditional x-rays require a lengthy development process that makes use of harsh chemicals, the digital option offers images instantly chairside, without the use of these chemicals, offering a more convenient and greener option. Since the images are available instantly, the dentist can walk you through the diagnostic process. The images are incredibly detailed and provide a very accurate picture of your oral health, enabling the dentist to identify problems in the early stages. We can then share the images easily with specialists or other practices as needed.

Checkups and Cleanings

We provide these as part of your routine checkup. The images allow us to understand the state of your smile, and to identify issues that could become problematic down the road. We may look at the jaw joints for warning signs of strain, which could indicate TMJ disorder. We will look for signs of infection, decay, or the wear and friction that could point to teeth grinding and jaw clenching. Your exam also allows the dentist to watch for the indicators of gingivitis and gum disease, and to screen for oral cancer as well. In the same visit, our team will also clean your teeth, a process that involves the removal of plaque buildup. The procedure only takes a short amount of time and limits the risks of tooth decay and gum disease.

Preventive Care

With the detailed x-rays taken of your smile, we can also recommend preventive actions to safeguard your smile from home. We can discuss whether you need to make changes to your brushing or flossing routine. For example, a toothbrush with hard bristles could inadvertently damage enamel or cause gums to recede. We will also look at whether your diet, the foods and drinks you consume, could be having a negative impact on your smile’s health. If you have any questions about your smile, or if you’re ready to undergo a checkup and cleaning, then contact our team today. With advanced technology and a personalized approach to dentistry, we can help you enjoy a healthier smile!

Gentle Smiles Offers Advanced Treatment Options

Our team wants to ensure smiles of all ages stay healthy and bright. To learn more about our approach to preventive and family dentistry, then please contact us today by calling 972-329-7645 (972-329-SMILE) to schedule an appointment with your Dallas, TX, dentist!