Archive for February, 2012

Enjoy Safety and Convenience with Digital X-rays

Many patients get x-rays at least annually when they visit the dentist. This radiography is an important tool for your care. X-rays can help your dentist identify hidden signs of problems in the teeth and their roots.

Your dentist can use x-rays to get a view of areas of the teeth and mouth, such as the surfaces where the teeth meet, which are otherwise obscured.

Dentists once had to rely on old-fashioned machines to produce these valuable images, but that process was time-consuming and it exposed patients to radiation and office staff to potentially harmful substances used in developing the film. 

With their increased safety and convenience, digital x-rays are an excellent choice.

Technological advances have improved on that method, with digital radiography offering a safer, easier option.

With digital x-rays, the image is captured electronically and then transmitted to and stored on a computer. This process eliminates the waiting period while the film develops, along with the chemicals that entails, and the x-rays can be viewed almost instantly on the computer screen.

The radiation levels associated with digital x-rays are much lower than those of conventional radiography, which helps to protect patients’ health.

As another benefit of digital x-rays, your dentist can manipulate the image, viewing it from different angles, zooming in on certain areas or blowing it up on the computer screen.

It’s also easier for your dentist to share digital x-rays with other specialists. They can be sent via a secure email system, rather than hand-delivered or mailed.

Digital radiography can be used for both intra-oral and extra-oral x-rays. Intra-oral x-rays, such as bite wings, concentrate on the teeth, while extra-oral x-rays, like panoramic, show the entire mouth and jaw structures in greater detail. The former category is useful for identifying cavities and other concerns with the teeth, while the latter may illustrate problems with the jaw structure or impacted teeth.

With their increased safety and convenience, digital x-rays are an excellent choice. To schedule your next dental exam, contact the office of Dr. Paul Lounsberry in North Austin today.

 

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Straighten Teeth Without Braces

Austin InvisalignThe end results of orthodontic treatment are worthwhile, but many patients dread the thought of enduring years of appliances in order to get there. Now, there’s a better way.

Thanks to the Invisalign system, you can get straighter teeth through a series of clear plastic trays that are practically invisible. Adults and teenagers alike can avoid a mouthful of metal by taking advantage of Invisalign.

Patients who wear conventional braces also typically have to forego many of their favorite foods during their course of treatment. Invisalign does away with this drawback, too. The trays can be removed at mealtime, so patients can eat anything their hearts desire, as long as they’re careful to brush or at least rinse thoroughly before putting the trays back in!

If you choose the Invisalign system to bring your teeth into the proper alignment, your dentist will begin the process by taking impressions of your teeth. X-rays that provide additional information on the issues that need to be addressed will also be helpful in the planning stage of your treatment.

Based on the data and information collected by your dentist, your Invisalign trays will be custom-designed to exert forces on the teeth in sequential fashion. Those forces help to move the teeth into their proper positions.

In order to get the best outcomes from your Invisalign treatment, it’s important to adhere to the schedule established by your dentist. Change your trays as recommended, and wear them at least 22 hours each day, removing them only for eating and brushing and flossing the teeth.

Your dentist can also use Invisalign to correct moderate malocclusions, or problems with the bite, in addition to crooked teeth. In fact, advances in Invisalign technology have made the system suitable for patients with increasingly complex cases.

Invisalign patients may have healthier mouths during treatment, too. It’s easier to brush and floss, so you can do a better job of clearing away the bacteria that cause disease and decay.

If you’re looking for an orthodontic method that will have minimal impact on your daily routine, consider Invisalign. Contact Balcones Family Dental in North Austin Texas at 512-200-7422 to see if this approach is likely to be effective in your case.

 

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