Don't Delay an X-Ray

This spring we have seen a few patients with an “extra” or supernumerary tooth lodged in their chin area.  These patients had normal bite-wing X-Rays and regular check ups with their dentist.  Because they had not taken a panoramic X-Ray, these “extra” teeth were never addressed.  It is much better to diagnose and resolve these issues earlier rather than later.

The best time to take a panoramic X-Ray to diagnose wisdom teeth is 15-21 for boys and 14-20 for girls.  For orthodontic purposes, you can start as early as 8 or 9.  Panoramic X-Rays show a host of issues and help the doctor get a greater perspective.

Panoramic X-Rays show a broad view of the jaws, teeth, sinuses, nasal area, and temporomandibular (jaw) joints. These X-Rays do not find cavities. These X-rays show problems such as impacted teeth, bone abnormalities, cysts, solid growths (tumors), infections, and fractures. (WebMD)

So let’s stay on top of our diagnosing and address problem areas early!  If you want to get ahead of the curve and snap a panoramic X-Ray in Santa Barbara or Lompoc, come see Dr. Kiken.

Our Santa Barbara Oral Surgery office has been at 2425 Bath Street one block up from Cottage Hospital for nearly 30 years.  We just opened our new Oral Surgery office in Lompoc at 1111 Ocean Avenue this month.  Come check out the gorgeous new

Catch that tooth in the chin before it becomes problematic!

Catch that tooth in the chin before it becomes problematic!