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Dental X-Rays: Your Safety First: Havasu Dentist

Dental X-Rays help precisely diagnose your dental problems. Additionally, with procedures such as “crown seats” or “root canals,” X-Rays ensure that your treatment was completed successfully. With the technology available today, X-rays are the safest they have ever been. Four X-Rays use about the same amount of radiation that is in your banana.

Though small amounts of radiation pass through dental X-rays, offices still follow ALARA: “As Low As Reasonable Achievable” when performing any treatment.

There are a few different types of X-Rays that you’ll receive in a dental office, depending on your treatment.

Panoramic X-Rays: A 3D “panoramic” capture of your entire mouth, jaws, sinus cavities, and neck.

Bitewings: X-Rays that focus on the crowns (visible parts) of your teeth, to help diagnose cavities and deep pockets around the gums.

PA’s: Single X-Ray films that focus on a specified area of the mouth, such as where a toothache is.

Modernized dentists are using a technology called Nomad X-ray technology. Unlike your typical, bulky X-ray heads, they are handheld and expose you to even less radiation than before.

Dental professionals take every precaution to limit your exposure to radiation. Every patient receives a lead vest for each X-Ray.

It is important to let your dentist, hygienist, and assistant know of all of your medical changes, such as pregnancy. When pregnant, it is important to limit radiation as much as possible or get permission from an OBYGN. Pregnant patients can still receive X-Rays for treatment, with a thyroid and body lead vest to protect both the patient and fetus.

If you have questions about your children receiving X-rays, a brochure has been made by dental and medical professionals: https://www.imagegently.org/Portals/6/Dental/IG14_DentalBrochure.pdf.

Choosing the Right Dentist – Tips for You: Havasu Dentist

Choosing the best dental practice for you can be daunting with so many offices to choose from. It is essential to keep in mind the factors that are important to you when trusting a dentist and staff with your dental treatment.

Know their values.

All dental offices have a mission statement towards how they run their practice.  On the main page of a dental office’s website, key information to define themselves to you will be available. Also look for videos or blogs from the doctor and staff!

Check for social media and websites.

What does your future dental office do besides dentistry? Are they known and active within your community? Are they friendly? Social media represents the actual culture of a practice and it is posted for the public to see! A great dental office frequently posts about their dentistry AND the livelihood of their practice. If you interact with these posts, a great dental practice will reach out to you!

Check for insurance coverage.

If insurance is a determining factor in your choice, you may call and ask the front office staff if your insurance is covered. Some offices bill all insurances, so keep this in mind if you prefer an office that isn’t “in network.” You may still receive benefits towards your treatment!

Check the reviews.

Reviews are the easiest way to read honest opinions about your dental office. Communities’ word-of-mouth referrals help you better understand the practice you’re looking into from real people! If a dental office has high-star reviews from multiple people – it’s safe to say that the office prides itself in it’s mission.

Learn about the dentist(s).

Learning about your dentist is just as essential as learning about the office they practice in. On the dental office’s website, you can read biographies made by the dentist(s). Dentists should include credentialing, a bit of their personality, and their mission as a provider in their biography so you can get to know them before the first appointment.

Research what services they offer.

Before choosing a dental office, it is important to know that they offer everything you’re looking for. Do you suffer with a pesky gag reflex or from anxiety of the dentist? If so, make sure that the office is well equipped to comfort you through oral or IV sedation. Also not all dental offices are able to perform full mouth rehab/transformations and types of procedures, like implants. Double check by calling or checking out their website that the office can fulfill your dental needs.

Search for ads.

If you are self pay, look in the local ad papers to see if they have new patient specials or specials on procedures you may need done. Advertisements also give you a look into how they stage the practice to look to the public. Is it the type of practice you want to be a patient in?

Make an appointment.

If you have confidence in one or two dental offices after researching them, schedule a comprehensive (first) appointment! A comprehensive appointment is a full mouth check-up by the dentist so that they can diagnose any problems and meet you personally. This is your chance to see your dentist and dental office in action for your first treatment with them.  First impressions COUNT, so pay close attention.

Ask questions!

During the process of finding your dental office, don’t be afraid to call and ask questions, as well as ask questions during your first appointment. A great dental office will happily gain you as a new patient. Also, your dentist should thoroughly answer any of your questions!

Use these tips to find the best dental office you’ve visited. It is essential to find an office that cares about your customer service experience, treatment experience, and overall satisfaction!