Dental Exams & Digital X-Rays in Nashville - Antioch, TN
Do you want to keep your teeth healthy and last for life? Are you facing dental issues or problems with oral hygiene?
At Montee Dental Co., regular dental exams and digital X-rays in Nashville - Antioch will keep your teeth healthy and will help with early detection of any oral and dental problems. A detailed oral health exam is necessary to create an optimal customized plan for your dental health.
We provide the latest x-ray technology to keep you safe, minimize radiation exposure, and a thorough examination to help identify any possible issues and help keep a preventive plan that keeps you smiling healthy.
Why it is Important to have Routine Dental Exams and X-rays?
Having routine oral health exams are significantly important to maintain oral health including teeth and gums. In addition, routine dental exams enable you to avoid the costs related with the treatment of oral problems that may remain undiagnosed and worsen with the passage of time and lead to more complicated and expensive oral issues, later on.
It is highly recommended that you have routine dental exams and digital x-rays to diagnose any problems at the earliest. This frequency of oral examination helps diagnose most of the problems at an early phase.
What to Expect during Your Dental Exam at Montee Dental Co.?
At Montee Dental Co, we start with building a warm and friendly relationship with the client.
We explain the importance of regular dental exams and conduct a detailed examination. At the initial dental screening, we check your teeth for:
Damage or inflammation in your mouth.
Check and assess any teeth fillings, bridges or crowns or any other dental materials that you may have inside your mouth to ensure that they are intact and performing optimally.
Oral Cancer Screening
Montee Dental Co. adopts a holistic approach toward regular dental exams to provide optimal protection and prevention against oral and dental problems. We include oral cancer screening in our regular dental examination, which helps with early diagnosis.
Our skilful dentists and latest tools ensure that early symptoms or signs of oral cancer or precancerous lesions are detected. There is a possibility that similar symptoms may appear by less serious oral problems; therefore, it is crucial to have a regular dental examination to rule out the probability of oral cancer.
What are Digital Dental X-rays?
Digital dental X-rays are a commonly used diagnostic tool which uses radiation. It is used to detect any anomalies well beyond the surface of the teeth, gums and mouth as a whole which is not visible to the naked eye.
Difference between Traditional and Digital X-rays
In the traditional x-rays, the patient is exposed to a higher level of radiations than the latest technique of radio imaging. It relies on the film which is processed by using chemicals. There is a possibility of human error in traditional x-rays and overexposure of the film leading to altered or unclear results.
The latest Digital x-rays are far better than the traditional X-rays as they have far fewer health concerns.
Digital X-ray Benefits
There are 7 major characteristics which make digital x-rays superior to the traditional x-rays:
The radiations produced by digital x-rays are almost 80% less than the traditional x-ray machines.
The digital x-rays are far more comfortable to conduct as the process of taking x-ray images is much less intrusive.
By using the digital x-ray technology, viewable images can be taken in just 3 seconds which saves the time of both the technician and the patient.
As the images taken are digital, they can be easily resized according to the requirements without distortion of graphics or loss of significant details in the original image.
The patients can also easily identify and see the abnormality or a decaying spot in the digital x-rays.
It is an environment-friendly procedure because it does not require the use of chemicals and the paper film as in traditional x-rays. It is disposed of afterwards which is damaging to the environment.
With digital x-rays, it is also easier to submit insurance claims.
We always strive to provide our patients with the best dental care, but it is not possible to accomplish this with the only visual examination. It does not help reveal the inside problems that your teeth or mouth might be having. Fortunately, the digital x-ray has made it possible to precisely diagnose, give suitable and timely treatment for dental issues.
The digital x-ray radiation amount is very safe and limited, which does not have any unhealthy impact on your mouth.
It helps identify cysts, periodontal diseases, any cancerous or non-cancerous growths and tooth decay (cavities).
The early detection of oral problems saves you money on expensive dental treatments. Additionally, oral cancer screening protects you from cancerous lesions.
Dental X-rays during Pregnancy
Generally, X-rays are not recommended for pregnant women due to the exposure to radiation. Though the radiation exposure in the digital dental X-rays is minimum, it is better to avoid it during pregnancy for the well-being of the developing fetus. So if you are pregnant, it is very important that you tell your dentist.
However, in a few instances, pregnant women should undergo dental X-ray procedure. For instance, if you are already taking the dental treatment plan or encounter a dental emergency during your pregnancy, then dental X-ray may become indispensable. In such cases, you should discuss it with your dentist because it is vital to achieve a balance in your dental as well as prenatal health. Nearly 40% of the pregnant women suffer from some kind of periodontal disease during their pregnancy. They have higher risks of adverse outcomes during this time. Therefore, certain dental problems cannot be neglected during your pregnancy period.
Although digital dental X-rays are quite safe for pregnant women as they have low radiation intensity as compared to the traditional x-rays, there are certain safety precautions that we take to minimize the effects of radiations.
A leaded apron along with thyroid collar is used which protects you and your developing fetus from effects of radiations.
We take just one X-ray image instead of multiple images to significantly reduce exposure.
The leaded covering is used to cover the rest of your body to prevent exposure to radiation.
If there is no emergency, we try to conduct the X-ray (if required) during the 2nd trimester of pregnancy to protect the developing baby from radiations.
At Montee Dental Co, you and your baby’s safety holds utmost importance to us. We try our best to serve you in the most efficient and safe way possible during the X-ray procedure so that you are exposed to minimal radiation.
Taking Care Of Your Oral Health Between Visits
Visiting our office every 3-6 months isn’t always enough. It’s important to perform your own oral health checks at home and maintain healthy oral habits. Here are 5 practical ways you can stay aware of your oral health between visits.
Create & Execute a Daily Dental Care Routine - Everybody has different needs for their mouths. Some people are more prone to cavities while others are prone to gum disease (or have gum disease). With that said, it’s important to understand your mouth’s needs. Be sure to ask Dr. Stan our one of our hygienists what type of toothpaste and mouthwash would be best for your mouth’s current condition. Then, create a routine and stick to it! Morning (sometimes noon) and night.
Brush with Flouride - It’s better to be safe than sorry when it comes to keeping cavities at bay - so make sure you’re brushing with a flouride toothpaste to keep your teeth strong and healthy.
Eat Healthy - Removing the majority of sugary foods from your diet will be healthier for your teeth. Processed foods with high-sugar content create acid in your mouth that excels in breaking down your enamel and causing cavities.
Stop Tobacco Use - If you are smoking or chewing tobacco, you are increasing your chance of oral cancer, gum disease, and other health problems. Please give us a call if you need help quitting, and we would love to point you to a program that can help.
Examine Your Mouth at Home - When brushing and flossing, be sure to do a quick check of your mouth, cheeks, and under your tongue to stay aware of any bumps or lesions that may pop up out of nowhere. You can also check your teeth for signs of cracking or discoloration. If you notice anything out of the ordinary, please give us a call and schedule an appointment so we can make sure your oral health isn’t at risk.
If you are looking for affordable, thorough, and professional dental care, then schedule your appointment with Montee Dental Co. for dental exams and digital X-rays in the Nashville area!