DENTIST - TWIN FALLS, ID

X-Rays

X-rays take pictures called radiographs that show the dentist the interior of dental structures and tissues, like teeth, gums and bones. These allow her/him to make a more thorough examination than is possible with the naked eye, and can help spot problems that would otherwise go undetected and untreated.

How do x-rays work?

More x-rays pass through softer tissues than harder tissues, so softer areas like gums and cheeks look darker on an x-ray. If you put an impenetrable object like a piece of lead between the x-ray machine and the film, no x-rays would get through that spot, and it would leave a totally white impression. Similarly, the strong dense enamel of your teeth looks very light on the x-rays, and areas of softer decay look darker. The dentist has been trained to read x-rays to determine if there are any signs of problems.

Why do I need x-rays?

Some dental problems are hard or even impossible to see with the naked eye. Regular x-rays will help spot problems, and when compared to previous x-rays, will show any unusual changes or developments. The dentist wants to make the most thorough examination possible so that problems can be addressed and reversed at an early stage. This will help preserve your original teeth, and save you the time, trouble and expense of extensive dental problems.

How often do I need x-rays?

The dentist will determine how often you need x-rays depending upon your age and your dental history. An adult without a history of dental problems may go two to three years between x-rays, while a child or an adult prone to decay will need them more frequently.

Are x-rays safe?

X-rays are safe because you aren’t exposed to this radiation very often or for very long. To minimize the risks even more, the dentist will make sure that the rest of your body is covered with a lead apron. Large doses of radiation could be harmful however, so people who are around x-rays all the time leave the room during the procedure.

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sandy shafer
Professional and very friendly group! Excellent experience and Dr Lyman didn’t want to do unnecessary procedures!! My last dentist ALWAYS wanted to do $3000-$5000 work on me and my husband.
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Hollie Ann Pember
Hollie Ann Pember
I had a problem with work that was performed by another dentist. I was hurting, scared and anxious. Dr. Lyman and his staff worked me in quickly and were supportive of my physical (and unfortunately emotional) needs at the time. Dr. Lyman explained that the work I had with the other dentist wasn't the problem, even complimented the other dentist's work. He then showed me what needed to be done and got me set up with a specialist to get taken care of. I couldn't be more grateful for he and his staff.
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chris Jensen
chris Jensen
Green Acres family dentist Has always gotten me in, in a timely manner. They've Worked kindly to accept my ability to pay my bill. Once I had to cancel at the last minute and they were very understanding. The girls at the front desk are super helpful and treat me with a genuine care. I REFERRED my oldest son there, and years later he's still with them.
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Toni Hendrickson
Toni Hendrickson
Dr. Lyman and his staff are very kind and friendly. It’s easy to feel comfortable and at home in their office. Several hygentists work there. Every single one has been thorough and gentle. Dr. Lyman has done a good job on every procedure he has performed on my teeth I highly recommend these people and this office.
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Caylie Wickham
Going to the dentist is never fun, but they make it SO easy, painless, and fast! I will never go anywhere else!
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