Do I need an X-Ray?
We get asked this question very often and the answer depends on how long it has been since your last checkup. If you haven't been to the Dentist for a long time, three or more years, than yes you may need a few X-Rays to enable proper diagnosis and an appropriate treatment plan. If however, you are someone who tends to have a regular checkup with the dentist every six months and have relatively recent X-Rays within the last year or two then an X-Ray may not be needed.
Seeing is believing, and that applies to dentistry even more so as only a portion of each tooth is visible by the human eye. For this reason we need to take radio-graphs to assist in correctly diagnosing any concerns that our patients may have and it assists in the detection of any early decay or infection to prevent any major problems in the future.There are many types of x-rays used and Care Dental have the equipment to provide these for our patients to eliminate the need for traveling or waiting for radio-graphs to be produced.
An OPG, or normally referred to as a full mouth X-Ray, is a one X-Ray exposure that shows the whole mouth. So in a glance we can see the condition of teeth and predict by the changes in the bone around them if they are healthy or not. It also shows how much damage gum disease may have caused to the support system of the teeth. The OPG also shows the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) and the changes in your jaw joint, as well as showing possible tumours, cysts, etc. which allows for the prompt treatment to correct theses issues if found.
Other types of X-Rays used are Bite wing X-Rays which are used to detect small cavities (if any) between the teeth and Periapical X-Rays which are used to view the entire length of the tooth and are very valuable when completing a root canal treatment. In some cases there may be the need for a 3D X-Ray which requires special procedures and equipment that only very few centers operate.
Catering for our nervous patients
The Wand STA System
The dentists at Care Dental no longer use those ginormous old fashioned needles. Instead, we have a new modern way of applying local anesthetic, it is called the STA machine. The Single Tooth Anesthesia (STA) System is the first computer-controlled local dental Anaesthetic system. The STA system continuously measures and monitors the pressure of the anesthetic solution as it is being applied. Even before the STA system is used the dentists apply a topical numbing gel to the area even further eliminating any possibility of discomfort.
Nitrous oxide (happy gas) although it is not new and has been used for many years, is still very effective in helping anxious patients to relax. It is also very effective with children that are old enough and cooperative enough to make the effort to steadily inhale through their noses. It works by supplying a mixture of nitrous oxide and oxygen and is administered through a nose piece, which the patient will breathe through, and will make you happy and relaxed whilst your dental treatment is being completed.