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"Great things start with a smile!" Dr Rosenblat

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Entries in x-ray (5)


Wisdom teeth...I could take 'em or leave 'em....

When a patient comes in to see me at my office in Oakville, with jaw pain, it is often necessary to take an "X-ray" or "radiograph"

The kind you see above is great because it shows all the teeth.  It is not detailed enough to diagnose cavities but I can see many pathologies and the developmental stages of the various teeth. This young lady is 15 and has no room for her wisdom teeth.  The teeth on the extreme right and left in the image are not in the mouth yet and you may notice the roots are not formed yet.  As they form the teeth try to come in to the mouth. Since there is no room, they are pressing on the teeth already there causing pain.  These are "impacted wisdom teeth". Now what is interesting here is where the arrow is pointing.  This is an abnormality that we found that doesn't hurt and I would never know was there unless we took the x-ray. While this mass may very well be benign, I have  referred her to have this evaluated and deal with it if need be. My oral surgeon will do that and remove the impacted wisdom teeth.

Now impacted wisdom teeth can often be painless, but if no, the symptoms can include; jaw pain, headaches, inability to open your mouth normally, swelling in the gums at the back of the mouth, as well as a bad odour or taste in the mouth.

So what happens if you leave a painless impacted wisdom tooth to sit quietly in the jaw.  Often nothing.  They may just sit there and cause no problems.  But if they are pressing against another tooth, they can cause the tooth they press against to start to disolve away and if bad enough, the wisdom tooth and the tooth it pushes on would be lost.  So sometimes if there is no room, wisdom teeth are removed proactively because of problems they can cause ( and if I see there is no room for them to come into the mouth).  It is also important to think long term too because it is easier to remove a wisdom tooth in a younger person since the bone is softer and healing is better in younger people.

Routine dental exams with x-rays can find things you never knew were there. Call us and we'll be glad to have a look around! 

Dr Steven Rosenblat

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Digital Dental Radiographs, you know..."X-Rays"

I'm happy to announce we have completed a couple major technological upgrades in our office.  Our computer infrastructure has been completely  updated ( including new computers) as well as our electronic dental claims system, to make information processing faster and more reliable. digital x-rays

But the biggest news is that we have purchase and installed a digital x-ray system and it's up and running! This allows many  benefits for the patient, the environment and information security.  With the upgrade we are now able to lower the already low dose of x-ray exposure even further while the images I use for diagnosis are better, clearer and more diagnostic than ever.  You the patient will not really notice any difference in the way the images are taken, but they are ready much faster. The environment benefits greatly too.  Old style film needs chemical processing.  There is also lead in each old film packet and that lead as well as the chemicals used in developing the x-ray films need to be disposed of. Well not any more!  Now all x-rays go directly into the patients computer file and we have back-ups of all the radiographic images so we can't lose or misplace them.  Have you ever noticed me looking through the chart, trying to find the lastest film X-Ray?  The computer backups of all computerized dental information, including the X-Rays and digital photographs that I take of my patients are encrypted before they leave the office for privacy and security.  ( bacups need to be taken out of the office as a safety measure). And, incase you are wondering, when I send dental information via email to specialist ( say they need a report or x-ray) I send encrypted files.  So my patient's information is secure.

Dr Steven Rosenblat

Great things start with a smile!



Worried about Dental X-Rays...

As happens every now and again, x-rays are in the news.  Concern has been expressed about the safety of "routine" dental X-Rays and their linkage to brain tumors. Here is a link to one of the stories.  It's been on TV, online and in conventional written press all week. And here is a very good and short response from one of the dental associations I belong to, the American Academy of General Dentistry.  

Basically the "controversy" is about a study, that links a benign brain tumor to the use of diagnostic dental xrays.  They asked people if they remembered as long as decades ago, getting dental xrays, and the number and type of xrays. Were people with the benign tumour being studied having more dental xrays?  They didn't look at dental records, just for peoples recollections.  Not exactly scientific data collection.

When I read these type of stories it always makes me, as a dentist feel that the public thinks we dentists don't take xray exposure seriously.  Even though dental xrays are the lowest dosed diagnostic images taken in medicine ( yes, dentistry is a form of medical care...) and they help diagnose and treat  real disease, it's dental xrays that get the bad rap.

I had to smile today though, when after a check up a patient he asked if he could talk to me.  He has been having quite a bit of difficulty with a hip replacement ( obviously not my field) . He has had many MRI's and radiographs and wanted my advice.  Was he being exposed to too much radiation?  These questions need to be directed to his orthopedic surgeon and radiologist.  It's lots more than I will every expose him to in a lifetime.  But the fact that he recognized my care in prescribing xrays shows that people do understand we dentists are careful with dental radiation.

Talk to you dentist, ask us about the treatment you are receiving from us, we love to explain stuff.

Great things start with a smile!


CSI Dentistry...

People often come in to my office and tell me they have  a problem and want me to take an X-Ray to see what's wrong.  Then they ask one of the most frequent questions a patient asks any dentist: "What's the X-Ray say doc?"  While there is lots of information on an X-Ray, often it tells me nothing about the problem a patient wants me to help them with.  I need to be a detective! CSI Dentistry... And like any TV detective I need to ask a lot of questions and really listen to what patients say.  It's amazing how much you can learn about a dental problem by asking questions.  Often I can figure out the problem from just the answers I hear. BUT I cannot diagnose without evidence ( just like CSI if they want to make an arrest) and that is where a thorough examination comes in.  One of the tools I may use is a dental X-Ray image of the problem area, IF,  I think it will add useful information.  It is only one tool and by itself it ususally does not provide enough evidence to diagnose the problem. 

Once I have evidence I can make a diagnosis and only then can I offer treatment to resolve the problem.

So when a patient comes in, points to a tooth and says it hurts and needs a filling, I say "tell me more!"


Wondering about dental X-Rays?

I just put up a page with some interesting ( at least to dentists) information on dental X-Rays with some images taken in my office.  Look under the "Services" menu drop down.


Dr. R.