Exams and Xrays

Exams and Xrays Coral Gables, FL

At Dr. Peggy Alvarez-Penabad's dental office, Our main philosophy regarding oral health is to do all we can to preserve your natural teeth. Our friendly and knowledgeable doctors and staff want you to feel comfort and trust while receiving your dental services. We provide high quality, state-of-the-art dental care, with personal attention to your needs and satisfaction level.

If you wish to have optimum oral health for a lifetime please call our office today at (305) 548-8690.

Your 1st Visit (New Patients)

When you arrive at Dr. Peggy Alvarez Penabad Office, our receptionist will warmly welcome you and provide you with the necessary forms to fill out. You will then be taken to an operatory room in which we will perform a comprehensive dental exam. As every patient is unique, we tailor your treatment options to your specific dental needs.

Dr. Peggy oral evaluation consist in following exams:

X-rays: An x-ray allows your dentist to see bones, tissue, and hidden surfaces of your teeth that they can’t see with just the naked eye during a visual exam. Dental x-rays are invaluable in providing information to a dentist about a patient’s oral health such as:

  • Abscesses or cysts.
  • Bone loss.
  • Cancerous and non-cancerous tumors.
  • Decay between the teeth.
  • Developmental abnormalities.
  • Poor tooth and root positions.
  • Problems inside a tooth or below the gum line.

Detecting and treating dental problems at an early stage can save you time, money, unnecessary discomfort, and your teeth!

Types of X-rays: Various types of x-rays are used by your dentist for very specific purposes. A combination of x-rays may be necessary depending on the treatment plan outlined by your dental team. Some of the x-rays your team may suggest include:

  • Bite-wing X-rays: Bite-wings are the most commonly used x-ray during an initial exam and in subsequent check-ups. These highlight the crowns of the back teeth. Dentists take one or two bite-wing x-rays on each side of the mouth. Each x-ray shows the upper and lower molars (back teeth) and bicuspids (teeth in front of the molars.
  • Periapical X-rays: These x-rays focus on only one or two teeth at a time. A periapical x-ray looks similar to a bite-wing x-ray, but it shows the entire length of each tooth, from crown to root.
  • Extraoral X-rays: Extraoral x-rays are made outside the mouth. These are considered “big picture” x-rays because they not only show the teeth, they also provide information on the jaw and skull and are often necessary for the effective treatment of TMD/TMJ.
  • Panoramic X-rays: This x-ray captures the entire mouth in a single image, including the teeth, upper and lower jaws, surrounding structures and tissues and requires a special machine. The benefit of this type of x-ray is that it eliminates the need for multiple x-rays.
  • Digital Radiographs: Digital radiographs are the newest x-ray technique used by dental offices. Standard x-ray film is replaced with a flat electronic pad or sensor. The image is transferred digitally into a computer, where it can be viewed on a screen, stored, or printed out.

After all X-rays are taken, the Doctor will continue with other oral evaluations such as:

TMJ evaluation: How your teeth come together when biting and chewing is important, and a misalignment can negatively affect your health and cause pain or discomfort. Sometimes your TMJ, or temporomandibular joint, is the cause of the misalignment. The doctor will assess your bite for any alignment issues.

Oral cancer screening: This simple exam can reveal early signs of oral cancer and, If in fact present, catching it early can mean much simpler treatment to handle it. In this procedure the Dr. Check the face, neck, lips, tongue, throat, tissues, and gums for any signs of oral cancer.

Gum disease evaluation: Healthy gums are crucial to dental health. Your gums and bones will be examined for any signs of inflammation or disease.

Examination of tooth decay: All tooth surfaces will be checked for decay with special dental instruments.

Examination of existing restorations: Check current fillings, crowns, Bridges, etc.

After all the evaluations are duly reviewed by Dr. Peggy, the path to a healthier mouth will begin. and you will be provided a peace of paper called “the treatment plan” which outlines exactly all dental services recommended by the Dr. each service is sequent ly prioritize in a timeframe, and it also will show the unit price for each one. It is a comprehensive, big-picture approach to oral care and is designed to prevent small issues from getting bigger and more expensive.

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