Providing first rate dental care is much easier for dentists when they have extensive, comprehensive information about their patients’ oral health.
Pictures are more reliable than written notes. To go a step further: pictures that show what’s going on below the visible surface of your teeth are worth even more than a thousand words. So, along with a thorough visual oral exam, most dentists want complete and up-to-date X-rays.
The frequency of X-rays is largely determined by your age as well as the state of your oral health. Because children are growing and they experience more changes to their teeth, they usually need X-rays more often.
X-rays also help dentists find cavities, assess gum health, and identify any major changes to your teeth and mouth.
Safety is an important issue Dr. Hovden considers when ordering X-rays, because low levels of radiation are used to obtain the images. Many important precautions are taken to limit exposure, such as putting leaded aprons and collars on our patients.
It is critical that women inform their dentist if they are pregnant because special considerations should be taken.
Along with basic dental health issues, we are happy to discuss the many cosmetic dentistry procedures available, such as dental implants, teeth whitening, and full smile makeovers. We want you to have the healthy, dazzling smile that you deserve!