All new patients receive a comprehensive exam. In our practice, we take the time to carefully examine all of your teeth and the structures that support them, including the bone, muscle, tissue and jaw joints. We also screen for oral cancers and periodontal disease, and evaluate your bite to determine if your teeth and jaw are properly aligned. This is YOUR time. We want to hear what you have to say about your past dental care and your expectations for the future; you are never rushed during the examination. After the examination, we discuss the findings and develop a plan together.
We take X-rays if necessary. We use the latest in digital radiograph (x-ray) technology to examine the teeth and bones, only taking what is absolutely necessary because we believe in “one size fits one” and take films according to what is appropriate for you, not what your insurance will pay for. If you provide x-rays from your previous dentist, we evaluate them and use them if they pass our quality test. By understanding what the structures of the mouth normally look like on an x-ray film, Dr. De Rosier can diagnose problems in the teeth and jaws. For adults, x-rays can:
- Show areas of decay that Dr. De Rosier can’t see with just a visual examination, such as areas between the teeth
- Find decay, a crack or fracture that is developing underneath an existing filling
- Show areas of possible bone loss associated with gum or periodontal disease
- Show lesions or infections at the root of the teeth
- Help Dr. De Rosier plan, prepare and place tooth implants
- Reveal areas of concern such as cysts, cancer and changes associated with systemic problems
For children, x-rays are used to detect decay and monitor tooth growth and development. Dentists use periodic x-rays to see whether there is enough space in the mouth to fit all the new teeth, and whether primary teeth are being lost quickly enough to allow permanent teeth to erupt properly.
The frequency of dental x-rays depends on your medical and dental history and current condition. Some people may need x-rays as often as every six months. For others, x-rays may not be needed for as long as two years, with a complete set typically every five years.
We use digital x-rays, which expose patients to 80% less radiation than standard x-rays. We also protect our patients with lead aprons.