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Our team of dental specialists and staff strive to improve the overall health of our patients by focusing on preventing, diagnosing and treating conditions associated with your teeth and gums. Please use our dental library to learn more about dental problems and treatments available. If you have questions or need to schedule an appointment, contact us.

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7 FAQs About Impacted Wisdom Teeth
...Some people have wisdom teeth that can be seen in x-rays but do not erupt (grow up through their gums) and become visible...

Testing your Knowledge: The Facts and Myths of Wisdom Teeth
...True or False Through dental x-rays and routine check-ups, we can predict the timing and way in which wisdom teeth become visible (erupt)...

Are Dental X-rays Really Safe?
Yes, dental x-rays are a safe and vital tool we use for measuring and monitoring your oral health...

Sports Injuries To Kids' Teeth
...We will keep track of the tooth or teeth, with observation, x-rays when necessary and monitoring over time to make sure no permanent damage has been done...

Teeth Whitening Treatments: Five Facts You Should Know
...But you should come in for a thorough dental examination, with x-rays, before you begin whitening treatments...

Advances in Clear Aligners Make Them a Viable Choice for More Teens
... Clear aligners are a sequential set of clear trays made of polyurethane plastic that are generated for an individual patient using information derived from x-rays, photographs or models...

Five Facts About Dental Implant Surgery
... This usually involves taking radiographs (X-rays), and sometimes CT scans, as precision guides to implant placement...

Understanding The Importance Of Dental X-Rays
... X-rays are a form of electromagnetic radiation just like natural daylight, except that they can easily penetrate soft bodily tissues, such as skin and muscles, without causing any harm if used properly...

Minimizing X-Ray Exposure Risks in Children to Maximize Benefits
... A form of invisible radiation, x-rays penetrate and pass through organic tissue at varying rates depending on the density of the tissue...

'Simple' Tooth Extractions are a Common Dental Procedure
... Although a simple extraction is a routine procedure, it’s important to perform a proper assessment of the tooth and the surrounding bone beforehand, including x-rays to determine the tooth’s exact shape and position...

Bitewing X-Rays Provide Early Detection of Tooth Decay in Back Teeth
... During the procedure, a narrow beam of x-rays is directed at the back teeth area...

Post-Orthodontic Care
...After your teeth are thoroughly cleaned, another set of X-rays and/or bite impressions may be taken to check how well your braces worked and to see how much your wisdom teeth have developed...

Thumb & Finger Appliances
... Getting and Using a Habit Appliance If your child could benefit from a habit appliance, the first step is to get a thorough examination, which may include taking x-rays, photographs and dental impressions...

Fillings
...The first step is a clinical exam of the tooth with x-rays, to determine the extent of the decay...

Space Maintainers
...A child will wear a space maintainer until x-rays reveal that the tooth underneath is ready to erupt naturally...

Periodontal (Gum) Disease
...And the health of your tooth-supporting bone can be assessed by taking dental radiographs (x-rays pictures)...

Oral Diagnosis and Biopsies
...If needed, additional tests or diagnostic imaging (X-rays or other methods) may be used to aid in diagnosis...

Wisdom Teeth
...After a thorough examination and diagnostic tests such as x-rays or a CT scan, you may be told that you should have your wisdom teeth extracted...

Tooth Pain
... The only sure way to know what's causing tooth pain is to see a dentist, who will ask detailed questions about what you're feeling and perform diagnostic tests, such as x-rays, to try and identify the exact source of the pain...

Traumatic Dental Injuries
...A careful examination of the mouth (plus x-rays if needed) should reveal the extent of the damage, and indicate what restorative treatments are likely to be required...

Preventive Dentistry
... X-Rays...

Cone Beam CT Imaging
In the early 20th Century, not long after X-rays were discovered, medical professionals recognized their value as diagnostic tools: They could clearly reveal structures hidden inside the body without the need for risky surgery...

Digital X-Rays
...There is no question that since x-rays first became available a century ago, this diagnostic tool has prevented untold suffering and saved countless teeth...

Laser Decay Diagnosis
...As a result, tooth decay can be difficult to find, even with the use of traditional x-rays...

Dental Implants FAQs
... There's a good chance that you are, but this can only be determined after a complete oral examination that includes x-rays of your jaws...

Cracked Teeth
...While the tiniest craze lines don't show up on X-rays, they can often be detected by feel (using a small instrument called an explorer), by having you close down on a “bite stick,” or by using special dye stains or high-magnification instruments...

Root Canal Retreatment
...After a period of time, you may experience pain in the affected tooth again — or, even if you have no symptoms, x-rays may reveal that infection is still present near the tooth's roots...

Root Canal Surgery (Apicoectomy)
... Before an apicoectomy procedure, diagnostic images (such as X-rays) of the affected tooth and surrounding bone, a careful review of your medical history including medications you take (both prescription and non-prescription), and other factors are reviewed...

Root Canal Treatment for Children
...When these symptoms occur, radiographs (x-rays) are often necessary to confirm that the pulp is diseased, or dying...

Whitening Traumatized Teeth
...This is readily revealed by radiographs (x-rays) or other tests...

Oral Surgery
... What to expect Before your oral surgery is performed, x-rays will often be taken to aid in diagnosis and treatment planning...

Technology
... Digital X-Rays...