The preliminary examination, by a dentist of your choosing, provides you a good
insight into the quality of care that you might expect to receive.

A first time, regular dental exam should take approximately 15 to 20 minutes.
If xrays are required, this exam could take longer, depending on the type and
number of xrays taken.

This initial exam, should be thorough, and an estimate for the exam and xrays
should be given to you before the exam proceeds.You should understand that a
fee for the completion of all dental work you may require cannot be finalized until
this examination is completed.

This examination will play a KEY role in establishing what treatments you may
need and how much those treatments may cost. Several components are
to complete a careful and thorough exam.

These essential components should include; Your thorough Medical History,Blood Pressure
and pulse rate. Xrays and impressions for study models if neccessary.
Other laboratory test may be required, depending what findings or indications
suggest the need.

A New patient, xray exam will usually involve the taking of 12 to 16 radiographs.
The actual number taken depends on the number of teeth present and other factors.

A full mouth series of xrays and a Pan,will allow a dentist to do a complete survey
of the surrounding tissues of all the teeth present and associated anatomical
landmarks.

This survey is useful in identifying such conditions as: bone loss,(associated with
the later stages of GUM DISEASE,impacted teeth,(teeth trapped under the bone
and gum tissue),caries between the teeth and under the gum tissue, old restorations,and
any evidence of bone pathology like a cysts or abscess that may be present.

Xrays are also useful to detect any evidence of infections that have developed at the roots
of badly decayed or fractured teeth,as well as other possible bone abnormalities,
like retained root tips that may have resulted from a previous difficult extraction and/or a
traumatic accident.

As you can see, a wealth of useful information can be obtained from a good series of xrays.

Quite often the questions is asked, ” ARE XRAYS SAFE”? The answer is an emphatic ‘YES !” ……………………..Dental xrays are safe!

Dental patients are only exposed to very low levels of radiation for very short
periods of time. Most single xrays have an exposure time less than 1/10th of a second.

The dentists can take several precautions to make dental xrays safe; They can use
ultra speed film,precise timers that shorten the exposure time and use a lead apron
and neck collar which are both very effective barriers to the small amounts of scattered
secondary radiation that comes off an x-ray.

The dental office teams are very well trained in the administration of safe xrays. Any reputable
dentist will take these necessary precautions to protect you and your
family.Most,if not all, dental offices today are designed with leaded walls in the xray areas or
have a double layer of gyprock in the walls of rooms where the xrays are taken.

Do not allow anyone to take xrays of your teeth without taking these precautions for your safety.

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