This device measures the strength of your occlusal, or biting, contacts. It can tell us which tooth is hitting first and if you have any biting interferences.
Bite-wings (BW) – these are check-up x-rays that show us between the teeth. We cannot see these areas upon clinical examination, so these x-rays are critical to detect any decay on the interproximal tooth surfaces. We recommend taking BW once a year.
These are a complete series that show us your entire set of teeth, bone levels, and surrounding structures. With an FMX, we can see areas of decay, bone loss, and any abnormalities, such as cysts or tumors. We recommend taking an FMX every 3 to 5 years, depending on your risk factors.
This x-ray scans around your entire head and shows us more detail of your jaw joint, position of your wisdom teeth, your sinuses, and surrounding bony anatomy. We recommend taking this x-ray as needed.To read more about digital x-rays and radiation safety, please go the California Dental Association’s web page.
We like to take different views of your mouth and teeth so we can discuss your smile with you, as well as to document our before and after work in your patient record.
a tool that utilizes a laser diode to inspect a patient’s teeth. The device emits light which gives feedback to the dentist about the presence of cavities.
We will perform an extraoral head and neck exam, and do a thorough oral cancer screening of your neck, mouth, and tongue. We will check each tooth and current restoration. We look for initial decay, recurrent decay around silver or composite fillings or crowns, and any other potential pathology.
A periodontal pocket is the space between your tooth and the gum around the tooth. We measure the depth of this pocket in millimeters to determine the health of the gum attachment and support of the tooth. 1-3mm pockets are healthy; 4mm pockets mean generally mean there is some inflammation; 5mm and above pockets indicate there is peridontal disease/ infection. Each pocket can also have bleeding upon probing (BOP), another sign of inflammation. We will call these numbers out so you can hear them along with us.