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Digital Radiography

Routine dental exams have a few things that occur which are generally expected to happen during the appointment: a thorough cleaning, an assessment of your dental and gum health, and x-rays. Most of our patients immediately understand the importance of regular x-rays of their bitewings and accept them without hesitation, but quite a few are still wary and start asking questions about safety and necessity when we drag out the heavy, lead blanket. The fact is, x-rays are a fantastic diagnostic tool that gives us here at Wendy Sanger DMD Cosmetic + Family Dentistry a greater understanding of the health of your mouth - and delivers all these benefits with just a negligible amount of radiation.

Three Main Benefits of Getting Digital X-rays During Your Next Appointment

Digital dental radiography, a fancy term for "digital x-rays," is a valuable resource when assessing your oral health. Not only does it let us know if you have any oral health problems like tooth decay and periodontal disease, but it also gives us a better idea as to how your teeth fit in your mouth and if you need any other types of medical intervention.

For those of you who may be understandably wary of getting these x-rays done, these three fast facts about digital radiography should put your mind at ease:
•  Digital x-rays require less radiation. X-rays have been around since 1895, proving for nearly 125 years the perks of this routine procedure. Moreover, while the amount of radiation that you would get from these is minuscule, many people are still resistant to any level of it. You still get all the benefits of having an x-ray taken when you get digital radiography but to the tune of 70% less radiation.
•  You get instant results from them. Since making the switch to digital technology, we have greatly decreased the wait time to get your results. Digital x-rays send the image immediately to a computer, allowing our dental staff to review them right away versus having to wait for the film to develop and come back from the lab. The sooner we get the results, the sooner we can start treating your oral health.
•  Digital x-rays give crystal-clear, easily enhanced images. Before, when we used film x-rays, toggling the quality of the images was more of a challenge. With digital x-rays, we can press a button and instantly increase or decrease the contrast of an image, allowing us to zero in on problematic areas. We can also enlarge areas that need closer inspection without sacrificing image quality.

Digital x-rays are a priceless resource when it comes to evaluating your oral health. When we're able to instantaneously see what's going on inside your mouth, we're better able to streamline your treatment plan and prevent needless delays in getting you started on better oral health.

Whether you're a first-time patient at our office or it's simply been a few years since you've had x-rays done, these are all reasons that we may want to take images of inside your mouth:
•  To check the health of your tooth roots
•  To determine if your bite is properly aligned
•  To learn if you have tooth decay (dental caries)
•  To see if you have periodontal disease
•  To view any possible infection or abscesses

As you can see, there's no excuse for not getting digital radiography done during your dental exam. If it's been more than two years since your last set of digital x-rays, then please give our trained staff at Wendy Sanger DMD Cosmetic + Family Dentistry a call at (908) 647-4441 to schedule your next dental exam, cleaning, and digital x-rays.

Dr. Sanger holding Ultrasonic scaler in his hand at Wendy Sanger DMD Cosmetic + Family Dentistry.

Ultrasonic Scaler

We use ultrasonic scalers for most adult dental cleanings. These devices use ultrasonic vibrations to help break down the plaque and calculus on the teeth that cause gingivitis and periodontal disease. The ultrasonic cleaners create microscopic bubbles that implode on the surface of the tooth, killing microbes and removing plaque and tartar in the process. Our instruments use a thin tip to better navigate in the periodontal pockets to help maintain optimal gingival health.

The procedure uses water and/or an antimicrobial liquid called chlorhexidine. It can remove tartar buildup in hard-to-reach areas, with no damage to the tooth enamel. Manual scaling often uses pressure for cleaning, while the vibration produced by the scaling tip of an ultrasonic scaler is barely perceptible. This makes ultrasonic cleaning suitable to those with sensitive teeth. The cleaning process is faster than manual scaling, making your visit more comfortable.

After your teeth have been cleaned with the ultrasonic cleaner, your teeth will be hand scaled to check for any residual deposits and then polished.

Intraoral camera showing an image of the teeth at .

Intraoral Camera

X-rays give us a clear view of what we can't see such as decay between the teeth. An intraoral camera gives the patient a view of what the dentist sees. An intraoral camera is a device that is about the size of a toothbrush. Broken fillings, fractured teeth, decay or any other dental problem can be viewed so that we can discuss with you any treatment needed. With a clear understanding of your dental needs, we can decide together what the best treatment is for you.

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Warren, NJ 07059-2625

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