What Happens During a Comprehensive Dental Exam
Comprehensive Dental Exam – Having a regular check-up will help keep your teeth healthier, cleaner and can prevent painful problems from occurring. Ideally you would want to visit ADC Dental ever six months. On your first visit to ADC of Joplin we will take a full health history. After your first visit if there is any change in your health, please tell the staff.
On your visits:
• Thorough cleaning.
You almost always receive a thorough cleaning during your checkups from either your dentist or the dental hygienist. Using very special instruments your hygienist will scrape below the gum-line to remove plaque and tartar that has built up. This improves the health of your teeth and gums as well as prevents disease, cavities and bad breath. Your hygienist may also brush, polish and floss your teeth.
• A full examination.
During a Comprehensive Dental Exam. You will be given a full examination by your dentist to include an inspection of the teeth, gums and mouth, looking for signs of problems or disease. The goal is to maintain a high level of oral health and prevention of any problems from becoming serious problems. Treating any problems as soon as possible is the best course of action.
Your dentist may recommend x-rays, depending upon your age or any risk of disease and any symptoms you might have. X-rays are used to diagnose any unnoticed problems such as impacted teeth, jawbone damage, abscesses, cysts or tumors, as well as decay between teeth. Modern dentistry uses x-rays that emit virtually no radiation minimizing any health risks to the level of a day out in the sun or watching the television. However, as a precaution you will wear a lead apron. If you are pregnant, or think you might be tell your dentist as x-rays should be used only in emergency situations.
The x-ray will also help provide a detailed and complete view of your upper and lower jaw, as well as provide different information regarding your arch and your bite.
How Long Between Visits?
Depending upon how healthy your teeth and gums are you should not have to return for three to six months between visits. However, if treatment is required – perhaps a cavity needs filled or a tooth pulled, you should make an appointment for the earliest opportunity.
If you have any questions please ask your dentist at this time. That is the perfect opportunity to bring up any questions or concerns.
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