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|Light from a red laser scans a resin reproduction of the 1789 lower denture originally carved from Hippopatamus ivory for George Washington.Â|
Dental x-rays (also called radiographs) are a valuable part of dental treatment because they can detect damage to teeth and gums not visible during a routine visual examination.
For example, x-rays can show the condition of your teeth, their roots, jaw placement and the overall composition of your facial bones. X-rays can help your dentist determine the presence or degree of periodontal (gum) disease, cavities, abscesses and many abnormal growths, such as cysts and tumors. X-rays also can show the exact location of impacted teeth and teeth that have not yet fully developed. Finding and treating dental problems at an early stage can save time, money and unnecessary discomfort. If you have a hidden tumor, x-rays may even help save your life.
Sensitive teeth can quickly end your enjoyment of ice cream or hot chocolate. If your dentist rules out cavities and fractures, the cause of this common problem could be worn tooth enamel, a cracked tooth or an exposed root, according to the American Dental Association.
Your dentist may suggest brushing with a desensitizing toothpaste containing compounds that prevent sensations from being transmitted to the nerves and cells inside the tooth from the surface.
I don't know why some companies sub contract dental insurance through a 3rd party? It sometimes causes the members to become like a ping pong ball going from one company to the other to resolve an issue.
Any idea why?