X-Rays & Cleanings

Visiting the dentist twice each year is essential to take the best care of your oral health. At your visits, typical procedural steps will be taken, in addition to anything extra that is necessary for your health. Two of the typical procedural steps are teeth x-ray and cleaning. Being sure to get this done at each visit will ensure your oral health needs are met and any issues are addressed early on.

Why You Need X-Rays Taken

A dental x-ray offers the dentist a more in-depth look at your overall dental health. While traditional x-rays use radiation, we exclusively use digital x-rays at Delaware Smile Center. This reduces exposure and allows us to perform a more comprehensive exam than we could before.

An x-ray will give our dentist a good look between and inside your teeth. The roots of your teeth and the bone beneath your gums are just as important as the surface of your teeth, and we are able to see those with x-rays as well. If you need dental work done on a particular tooth, the dental x-ray gives us a direct view of where the problem is so we can perform the most precise treatment. Some other things x-rays could detect:

  • Bone loss
  • Tumors, both cancerous and non-cancerous
  • Cysts
  • Abscesses
  • Abnormal development

When these situations are detected on an early stage, it can be extremely beneficial in the long run. From time and money to discomfort and disease, the savings are immeasurable.

What a Dental Cleaning Is Like You typically get your dental cleanings done at the same appointment as your dental x-rays. A cleaning is done by a hygienist, and it removes the plaque deposits that build up. Even with excellent oral hygiene at home, plaque can form on your teeth. The plaque typically builds up on the teeth’s surfaces, as well as along the gum line.

You typically won’t feel pain when our hygienists clean your teeth. There is only a small possibility of discomfort if you have sensitive teeth and gums. If you need it due to anxiety or sensitivity, a topical anesthetic can be placed on your gum tissue so you don’t feel what the hygienist is doing.

How Much Time a Typical Exam Will Take

In most instances, your dental x-rays and cleaning will hover around a half hour, though they can sometimes be shorter and other times can be longer. It depends on the amount of plaque that has built up on your teeth, if anything is detected in your full mouth x-ray and if there are any other complications. When you consider you only need to do this twice per year, you’re looking at an hour a year to ensure your oral health is at its best.

Contact Our Office to Schedule an Appointment

Whether it’s been a while or you’ve been keeping up on your regular dental visits, contact Delaware Smile Center today. Call us at (302) 231-3051 to schedule an appointment or fill in our form and we’ll contact you when it works best in your schedule