Gwendent

X-Rays

March 13, 2020
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Posted By: Shelly

Xrays are an important diagnostic tool that allows your dentist to diagnose if you have tooth decay, gum disease, abscesses, and a wide range of other common dental issues that aren’t normally visible in the mouth and don’t tend to present symptoms until further progressed. Early detection is vital in maintaining optimum oral health as well as brushing twice a day and flossing regularly.  

The most common xrays taken are bitewings, periapicals and OPGs. Bitewings are taken generally every 2 years depending on your decay risk and show top and bottom posterior teeth on both sides to check for decay and gum disease. Periapicals show the root tips of your tooth which can determine any possible infections. OPGs are generally taken every 5 years to check your jaw, joints and sinus area. These xrays can show wisdom teeth as well as cysts, cancerous lesions, jaw disorders and bone irregularities.

The amount of radiation exposure of our digital xrays is extremely minimal and therefore safe, however we tend to avoid xrays if you are pregnant. We do have a lead apron provided for added protection. If an xray shows any abnormality, your dentist will discuss the best possible treatment options for you.

Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.

To all our valued patients,

We have some news on the COVID-19 front. You may be aware of the recent changes to our restrictions that have been passed down this week regarding Dental Practices. As of Friday the 8th of May we will be operating at LEVEL 1 COVID-19 restrictions. All dental procedures are eligible at this level.
Additional screening and infection control procedures will still be in place including the use of hand sanitiser, pre-procedural mouth rinses and social distancing. We will explain this on an individual basis prior to your attendance at our surgery.

To stay up to date with Government information around COVID-19 
https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert

We hope you all continue to stay safe during this period.

Dr Gwendolin Flanagan and team.