Dental X-rays

Dental X-rays are pictures of the teeth, bone and soft tissues around them.  X-rays are taken to help find problems with the teeth that cannot be seen during a visual examination.

Dental X-rays are done to:

  • Find decay  between the teeth
  • Find dental problems below the gum line or in the jaw such as impacted teeth, abcesses,cysts, tumors, and bone changes
  • Diagnose periodontal disease by showing bone loss
  • Show dental infection
  • Find extra teeth, teeth that have not yet broken through the gums, check for location of permanent teeth growing in the jaw in children who still have primary (baby) teeth
  • Plan treatment for large or extensive cavities, root canal surgery, placement of dental implants, and tooth removals.
  • Plan for orthodontic treatment

Without X-rays , dentists may miss these problems.

In our office we use newer  digital dental X-ray imaging.  Instead of developing X-ray film in a dark room, the X-rays are sent directly to a computer and then viewed on a screen, stored or printed out.  This technique uses less radiation and there is no wait time for the X-rays to develop.  These images can be enhanced and enlarged  on the computer screen making it easier for the dentist detect problems.  If necessary the images can be electronically sent to another dentist or specialist.


Manual Vs Electric Toothbrushes

80% of Americans have some type of gum disease caused by a buildup of plaque along the gumline.  Plaque is a sticky film containing bacteria.  Plaque is the primary cause of gingivitis and can lead to periodontitis, a more serious gum disease.  Plaque buildup can also lead to tooth decay. A manual toothbrush can be… Continue Reading

Flossing Yes or No

Despite the recent NY Times article regarding flossing and not being scientifically proven to improve oral health; the dental hygienists here at Huntington Bay Dental, with combined experience of over 40 years, categorically object. The Huntington Bay Dental hygienists can attest to the fact that flossing is key in maintaining optimum oral health.  Patients that we have… Continue Reading

How many acidic foods and drinks do you consume a day?

How many acidic foods and drinks do you consume a day? pH Level/Caries/Tooth Wear and Acid Erosion Acid erosion occurs when acids from foods and drinks soften the surface of the tooth. The enamel can slowly wear away. Over time it can lead to irreversible damage to teeth. Laboratory experiments indicate that tooth enamel can… Continue Reading

Halloween 2016

Halloween 2016

As Halloween approached, we are surrounded by candy wherever we go. Children and adults tend to indulge in more candy than usual. Plain chocolate is best, it dissolves in your mouth rapidly and therefore does not have time to stick to your teeth.  Avoid candy that is chewy, sticky or sour. These types of candies… Continue Reading

Kois Center Graduate

Kois Center Graduate

3/29/16: Dr. Figari is now a Kois Center Graduate. What does this mean? She has been taking courses in Seattle over the course of 5 years. Read more about the Kois Center! Read more …   Continue Reading

Oil Pulling

Oil Pulling

Pinterest and google searches have made more and more patients aware of oil pulling.  Many of our patients have come into our office in recent months and asked about it.  There is a buzz going around our area about OIL PULLING.  So what your dentist think? Oil pulling dates back to ancient Ayurvedic medicine and was… Continue Reading