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Common Questions

 

Why do I need Dental Xrays?

Why doesn't my Dental Insurance pay for all my dental needs?

Why place fillings in my child’s baby teeth if they are just going to fall out anyway?

Visit the American Dental Association® web site www.mouthhealthy.org
for more information about Oral Health

Why do I need Dental Xrays?
When Dr. Zanthos performs a dental examination, he can use his eyes and dental instruments to evaluate the areas in your mouth that he can actually see. In order to provide you with a complete oral health assessment, he relies on dental xrays to "see" areas beneath the gums/soft tissue such as tooth roots and jaw bone structures.

How Xrays Work
Xrays are designed to detect density. In a dental xray, hard structures like teeth, dental fillings and bone, appear white, or "radiopaque". Less dense areas, such as gum/soft tissue, nerves, ligaments and blood vessels, appear darker. Areas with very low density are nearly black.

In dentistry, these varying density levels, or "shades of gray" have special meaning. Dr. Zanthos and our Dental Hygienists use digital dental xrays that require minimal radiation exposure to look for "shadows" that appear in the wrong places, including:

At each preventive visit, we will review your most recent xrays with you and recommend any updates as needed. If it has been a while, we encourage you to Contact us to schedule an appointment for a checkup – we want to help you keep your smile healthy!

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Why doesn't my Dental Insurance pay for all my dental needs?
Unlike medical or car insurance, dental insurance plans are not designed to pay for comprehensive care. They are, instead, a benefit that some insurance companies offer employers as a "rider" to make health care insurance plan more appealing.

Alternatives to Traditional Dental Insurance
We always encourage our patients to "do their own math" when it comes to dental insurance.

Dental insurance is a broad topic – please don’t hesitate to contact us to research your specific needs. We would be glad to help!

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Why place fillings in my child’s baby teeth if they are just going to fall out anyway?
Baby teeth, or deciduous teeth, serve an important function in your child's growth and development. They hold the position in the jawbone to allow permanent teeth to erupt normally. Baby teeth begin to fall out around age six. By age twelve, most children have all permanent teeth.

Early loss of baby teeth can disrupt the tooth development and eruption sequence, and can lead to misalignment of permanent teeth. Our goal is to keep deciduous teeth intact whenever possible to help them to do their job.

We also want to work with you and your child to create a preventive plan built on effective home care, regular dental visits, dental sealants and good nutrition habits to ensure a healthy future for permanent teeth.

Regular dental visits can help protect a child’s oral health for a lifetime. We invite you to contact us for our recommendations for your child’s dental needs.

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