Finding the Problem
We admit that dental problems can seem like a mystery. You’re going along and everything’s fine, and then, seemingly out of the blue, you’ve got a toothache. So what’s going on?
At George Family Dentistry, our ultimate goal is to identify problems before they turn into a toothache. The best way to do this is by using state-of-the-art tools and technology that let you see exactly what we see. When you have a clear picture of what’s really happening in your mouth, it’s much easier to understand how a certain procedure will benefit you and your oral health.
Technology That Benefits You
Years ago, dentists had basically three tools for detecting problems with your teeth – film x-rays, dental instruments, and visual exams. While these are all still an essential part of any checkup, we also have the ability to see details that we’ve never been able to see before. The best part is that this new technology lets you see them too.
State-of-the-Art Digital X-Rays
Dental x-rays have always been valuable tools, but now they’re better than ever at helping us see problems deep inside your teeth. Digital x-rays can be taken and viewed in seconds by you and Dr. George. Not only are they fast, but these images allow us to see even the tiniest signs of decay. You’ll see what we see, so you’ll understand that a problem is developing that needs attention.
Intraoral Cameras Let You See What We See
While x-rays help us see inside your tooth, intraoral cameras give an up-close view of the outer surfaces of your teeth and gums. The camera is about the size of a pen, and we simply direct it over different areas of your teeth. The highly detailed image appears on the monitor screen, and you’ll see your mouth in more detail than ever before!
DIAGNOdent Finds Cavities When They’re Still Small
Another exciting dental technology is the DIAGNOdent cavity detector that helps us find cavities in the earlier stages when they usually require minimal treatment to correct. Often, decay begins in one of the tiny nooks and crannies of your teeth (especially molars), and it can be difficult to detect the beginning of decay with traditional methods.
When the DIAGNOdent finds a cavity, it lights up the area so Dr. George can easily identify the precise location we need to treat. The sooner we can identify decay, the sooner we can plan your treatment. In many cases, early detection means less involved procedures and better long-term results.
Finding Gum Disease
Periodontal disease (gum disease) is a very serious problem that can have a severe impact on your oral health. Gum disease has become very common, and part of the problem is that it doesn’t always show symptoms. So you may not know you have it until much of the damage is already done.
Dr. George uses a special measuring tool to gently check the depth of the pockets (spaces) around your teeth and gums. These measurements tell us if you have gum disease, and if so, how serious it is. Again, we want to emphasize that finding and treating problems early gives you the best chance of avoiding more complicated and costly dental procedures in the future.
Please Contact Our Office
When you come to George Family Dentistry, you can expect a true assessment of the health of your teeth. If you’re worried about what we’ll find, don’t be. It is always better to know the facts sooner rather than later.
We’re here to help, and we want to protect your oral health now so you can avoid more serious problems later. Please give us a call to arrange your next dental exam.