A regular dental checkup consists of a series of thorough dental exams and teeth cleanings. The dentist will examine the mouth for anything that might be a potential problem. They will also look at your teeth’s alignment, bite, and jaw.
Checkups are essential for people to maintain good oral health. The American Dental Association recommends that patients visit the dentist at least twice a year.
Your dental checkup will consist of two different parts. First, your dentist will carefully examine your mouth to check for any signs of tooth decay, gum disease, or other issues. Next, your dentist will complete professional teeth cleaning by scraping away plaque and tartar from your teeth.
Major Procedures Performed During Regular Check-Up
Examination of teeth
During a routine dental checkup, the dentist will examine your teeth, gums, bite, and jaw. This examination will include looking for signs of tooth decay, inflammation and cavities.
Examination of gums
During the dental checkup, we will also examine the gums. Gum disease can lead to tooth loss, so it’s important to treat it as soon as possible. Signs of gum disease include bleeding gums, painful chewing, and persistent bad breath.
Dental cleaning refers to the removal of the buildup of plaque and tartar on the teeth. Scaling and root planing are two procedures that are performed during a dental cleaning session.
Digital X-ray technology allows your dental team to get a clearer picture of what’s going on beneath the surface of your smile. The images produced by digital X-rays can be enlarged and enhanced, providing a better visual aid to your dentist’s diagnosis.
Oral cancer screening
During your dental checkup, your dentist will determine if you would benefit from an oral cancer screening. Any lesions or lumps in the mouth can be examined for oral cancer through this screening.
Sealants are thin, plastic coatings that are applied to the chewing surfaces of teeth. Most tooth decay begins in these pits and fissures. Sealants block these surfaces, preventing decay.
The procedure is quick and easy, taking only a few minutes per tooth. The teeth to be sealed are thoroughly cleaned and then conditioned and dried. A special solution is applied to the teeth, which helps the sealant bond to the teeth. The sealant is then “painted” onto the teeth where it bonds directly to the enamel.
Your dentist may use a filling to restore a tooth that is affected by decay, cracks, fractures, etc. A filling helps prevent further decay by closing off any cracks or spaces where bacteria can enter.
Your dentist will begin by cleaning the affected area. Then, she’ll use a special dental material called composite resin or porcelain to fill your tooth. The filling will blend in with the rest of your smile for a natural look.
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