DENTAL CHECK-UPS AND WHAT TO EXPECT
What happens during a Dental Checkup?
On your first visit to a dentist, our Dental Office will take a full health history. On subsequent visits, if your health status has changed, make sure to tell us. Most dental visits are just checkups. Regular checkups (every 6 months is ideal) will help your teeth stay cleaner, last longer and can prevent painful tooth problems from developing.
Checkups at our dental offices always includes a complete cleaning, either from our dentist or one of our dental hygienists. Our dental hygienist will use special instruments to scrape below the gumline, removing built-up plaque and tartar that can cause gum disease, cavities, bad breath and other problems. We will polish and floss your teeth after your cleaning
A Complete Examination
We will perform a thorough examination of your gums, teeth and mouth, looking for signs of disease or other problems. Our goal is to help maintain your good oral health and to prevent problems from becoming serious, by identifying and treating them as soon as possible.
Depending on your age, risks of disease and symptoms, we may recommend X-rays. X-rays can diagnose problems otherwise unnoticed, such as impacted teeth, damage to jawbones, abscesses, tumors or cysts and decay between the teeth. Using the latest in X-ray technology, our dental offices uses machines that emit virtually no radiation — no more than you would receive from a day in the sun or a weekend watching TV. As a precaution, we will place a lead apron on your body when having an X-ray. And, if you are pregnant, let us know, as X-rays should only be taken in emergency situations.
We may take a Panoramic X-ray, or Panorex. This type of film provides a complete view of your upper and lower jaw in a single picture, and helps our dentists understand your bite and the relationship between the different teeth and your arch.
How Long Should I go Between Visits?
If your teeth and gums are in good shape, you probably won’t need to return for three to six months. If further treatment is required — say to fill a cavity, remove a wisdom tooth, or repair a broken crown — you should make an appointment before leaving the office. And don’t forget to ask us any questions you may have —this is your chance to get the answers you need.