Your Next Dental Appointment
When Should You Attend Your Next Dental Appointment?
It’s no secret that not many of us enjoy our regular visits to the dentist, often rescheduling them or failing to show up at all. Quite often, there can be a variety of reasons for not attending, be it work commitments, everyday commitments or simply being too nervous to make an appointment.
However, there’s no need to worry as ‘The Friendly Dentist’ is far more than just a name to us. We make sure you are as comfortable as possible throughout your appointment, from routine check-ups to dental implants, you’re in safe hands.
So, just when should you attend your next dental appointment?
Reasons To Visit Your Dentist
There are a wide range of reasons as to why you should regularly attend your dentist, including;
- Increased tooth sensitivity or discomfort
- Wanting to have your teeth professionally cleaned
- Wanting to find out the very best dental treatment that suits your specific needs
- A tooth filling or root canal treatment
- A chipped, cracked or broken tooth
- Dental implants which will help you talk, laugh and eat in comfort
- To check for signs of gum disease and oral cancer
What To Expect
Each dental appointment will start the same, in which your dentist will ask you what your main concern is and why you have made an appointment. Other questions such as, do you have toothache? Do you suffer from any sensitivity? Have you accidentally broken or chipped a tooth? Once we have established your primary concern, your dentist will make the appropriate decision to treat the issue going forward. Remember, your safety, comfort and satisfaction are our main concerns.
What your routine exam will involve;
- Health and oral cancer screening – this is to detect the presence of either disease being present in the patient’s mouth. We advise that all patients attend a screening for these conditions once or twice every 12 months.
- Dental health clinical evaluation – it is important to keep up with your dental health. This process often involves intra-oral photographs, digital radiographs and/or impressions of the teeth.
- Gum disease clinical screening – this is necessary to ensure the absence or gum disease. If signs of gum disease are present, your dentist will assess the damage and decide on a suitable course of treatment.
- Bite examination – If you find that you are constantly grinding or clenching your teeth, you may suffer from an incorrect bite. This part of the exam will also scan for chronic injury to the jaw and the associated joints, which may have been damaged.
- Clinical aesthetic exam – If you wish, you may discuss with your dentist the available aesthetic treatments and techniques we offer our patients. This includes clear braces and teeth whitening services etc.