We use bitewing X-rays to find cavities between your teeth, tartar on the roots, worn-out fillings, receding bone levels caused by periodontal disease, and other conditions we cannot find with a clinical exam alone. Without Xrays, we wouldn't be able to detect these problems until they had become severe and caused serious damage.
Dental X-rays use high-speed film that allows us to minimize your radiation exposure. Though machines vary, the average set of bitewing X-rays adds only as much radiation as you'd get from about three extra weeks o natural background radiation.
Bitewings X-rays are necessary part of regular checksups. They give us vital information that we can't get from any other source and allow us to treat dental problems before they cause serious damage to your teeth and mouth.
Complete X-ray Series For your dental health. A complete set of X-rays is the first step in a thorough dental examination. We use the X-rays to find cavities between your teeth, tartar on the roots, worn-out fillings, receding bone levels caused by periodontal disease, and other conditions we cannot find with clinical exam alone.
HIPAA stands for the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act. This act consists of a set of standards that were created by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. It was signed into law on August 21, 1996 with an effective date of April 14, 2003.
These standards were created to streamline the flow of information in the healthcare system and to protect confidential health information from inappropriate access, use, and disclosure. HIPPA regulations apply to any healthcare provider that creates or maintains health information, or that engages in electronic transactions or health plans.
Your rights and the privacy of your health care information are important to us. Some of your rights under HIPPA that we'd like you to be aware of include:
As part of our compliance with HIPPA, we will provide you with a Notice of Privacy Practices and ask you to sign a form acknowleding your receipt of the Notice. We are always glad to answer any of your questions about our privacy practices or your rights under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.
For your dental health. In our office, we take pride in adhering to the highest standards for infection control.
- We scrub our hands before and after each appointment, and always put on a new pair of disposable gloves.
- All instruments are sterilized with an autoclave.
- Our handpieces are always heat sterilized between patients.
- We use protective barriers on exposed surfaces and disinfect all other surfaces according to government standards.
- All staff members are vaccinated for hepatitis B.
- We regularly update infection control procedures for all staff members.
We administer nitrous oxide, also known as "laughing gas," to our patients for its calming effect. Although it does a great job of decreasing a patient's perception of discomfort, we'll still use a local anesthetic to numb the area we're treating. We won't use nitrous oxide if you're pregnant, have an inner ear infection, or suffer from asthma.
You breathe nitrous oxide through a small mask that covers your nose. Within just a few minutes, you will notice its effects. Most people experience a sense of relaxation, happiness, slight numbness, and a disconnection from what's happening around them.
There are no long-lasting effects , and you can safely drive after the dental appointment.
Oral Cancer Exam
Each year, oral cancer strikes approximately 35 thousand American. Of all the major cancers, oral cancer has the worst 5-year survival rate. Only about 50 percent of those diagnosed with oral cancer will survive more than 5 years. In fact, oral cancer kills nearly 9 thousand people each year.
The reason these statistics are so grim is because oral cancer is often detected in its later stages. But when its detected early, before the disease spreads to destroy healthy tissue, the chances of survival are greatly improved. Because early detection is vital to surviving oral cancer, we will perform a thorough oral cancer screening each time we see you in our office for an exam.
You can help by letting us know if you notice any of these warning signs:
- a red, white, or otherwise discolored patch or lump in or around your mouth
- a sore that does not heal or that bleeds easily.
What Are Panoramic X-rays? For your dental health. We'll take a panoramic X-ray when we need to have a complete picture of your mouth. Because they produce an image of your entire mouth and jaw, panoramic X-rays can detect receding bone levels (a sign of periodontal disease), abscesses, impacted wisdom teeth, sinus and jaw problems, tooth trauma, and other serious conditions that we would otherwise not be able to detect.