Dental exams and cleanings are a crucial part of your overall health care program. If you’re thinking about scheduling a dental appointment shortly, here’s what you can expect:
If you’re a new patient, the dentist may first examine your oral cavity for any obvious signs of problems. He or she may then turn you over to a trained hygienist for a professional dental cleaning.
However, if you are experiencing pain or sensitivity and so on, the dentist may first help with addressing these problems before sending you for cleaning. The duration of your dental appointment and the sequence of treatments depends on your oral health and dental hygiene.
The initial exam will consist of a detailed checkup of your teeth, gums, tongue, and mouth. Your dentist may suggest a set of x-rays to take a closer look. Dentists usually take down your complete medical and dental history before discussing treatment options.
X-rays are beneficial in identifying problem areas that may not be visible during a superficial examination. For example, decay around an old filling or between teeth can be difficult to spot without the help of a dental x-ray.
Dental x-rays use low levels of radiation to capture accurate images of the insides of your gums and teeth. Modern x-rays are extremely precise and can be completed in just a few minutes.
Children may sometimes need more x-rays compared to adults when the dentist needs to monitor the development of their teeth.
Dental plaque is a sticky, soft, and colorless film that develops on our teeth despite our best efforts at brushing and flossing. Professional dental cleaning and scaling help remove stubborn deposits of plaque and tartar (hardened plaque) that cause tooth decay.
Many dental problems are simple and affordable to treat when detected during the early stages. Schedule your dental appointment with us and take advantage of our full range of dental treatments.
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