Dental problems often go undetected because they remain hidden within the teeth and bones of the mouth. X-rays identify these unseen developments. In addition to visually identifying cavities, X-rays can detect trauma to your teeth and bones, show impacted teeth, and illuminate signs of periodontal or bone disease. X-rays are an inexpensive and relatively harmless way to detect dental issues before they result in serious and potentially costly problems.
There are two different types of dental X-rays: Intraoral X-rays for examination of the tooth, cavities, tooth root and more, and Extraoral X-rays whose main focus is the jaw and skull. At Highland Dental our x-ray methods mean you are exposed to 80% less radiation, so protecting your health.
Cleaning, polishing, whitening and removal of dental plaque and tartar from your teeth is all part of the Dental Hygiene services provided by our practice.
We recommend your teeth be cleaned professionally, which includes tooth scaling, whitening, polishing and as needed, the removal of plaque and tartar. It’s inevitable that over time, some yellowing or discoloration of your teeth will occur, regardless of how well you personally take care of them.
This can be caused by aging, substances that stain (for instance coffee or tobacco) or the deterioration of a tooth’s nerve. As a general rule our teeth become darker as we become older- it is part of the normal aging process. Regular visits to our dentist/oral hygienist and proper tooth brushing and flossing are all an essential of maintaining good oral hygiene.