Dental Exams and X-Rays
Sometimes during your regular visits, the dentist will take x-rays to make sure there are no underlying causes for concern. This process will only take a few minutes and your comfort will be prioritized at all times.
First, Dr. Johnston will examine your mouth visually, using mouth mirrors, assorted dental tools and high intensity lighting. They'll be looking for signs of decay or cracked teeth, monitoring any existing restorations, and scanning for signs of gum disease or oral cancer.
Then, they'll take diagnostic x-rays, placing a heavy apron on your body to protect you and having you bite down on a piece of plastic while the x-rays are taken. This may be repeated in order to get a complete picture of your mouth. X-rays help catch hidden problems, especially those below the gum line. Bitewing x-rays should be taken every 12 months while panoramic x-rays are required every 3-5 years.