- The most important reason for having dental x-rays is to allow the dentist to provide a complete exam. A visual dental exam provides only some of the information a dentist needs to see. Many cavities can only be seen on x-ray because they are in between teeth. Additionally, sometimes the only way to see abscesses, lesions or growths within the bony structures is via x-ray.
- We will only take the minimum number of x-rays that any patient needs, as set out by the ADA guidelines and treatment requirements.
- The radiographs we use in the dental office are DIGITAL radiographs. They use one tenth of the radiation other types of x-rays use. (You would get more radiation on a sunny day than you will receive from a full mouth set of dental xrays.)
For all of these reasons, a dentist cannot conduct a complete exam unless x-rays are taken and evaluated. We are always striving to perform the best treatment possible and one of the most important things we can do for our patients is to have up-to-date x-rays so we can properly evaluate their complete dental situation.
The Marquette University School of Dentistry and select dentists in the Milwaukee area, including our office, will be participating in this year’s Give Kids A Smile® program. On Saturday January 30, 2016 from 7:30 AM – Noon the Marquette School of Dentistry will be offering free dental exams for kids- see address/location details below. Treatment appointments will be available to be made for those who qualify and Midtown Dental Care will be providing selected children free dental care at our office on Friday February 5, 2016.
Since February 2003 when the Wisconsin Dental Association joined the American Dental Association in launching Give Kids A Smile®, volunteer dentists, dental team members, dental and hygiene students and community advocates have provided more than $8.3 million in care to over 64,000 Wisconsin youngsters.
To get your child a free dental exam at the Marquette School of Dentistry go to 1801 W. Wisconsin Ave. (enter from the south side of the building). For more information about the Give Kids A Smile® program click here.