A regular dental checkup consists of a thorough dental exam and teeth cleaning. 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 patients to maintain good oral health. The American Dental Association recommends that patients visit the dentist at least twice a year for a checkup.
A dental checkup will consist of two different parts. First, our dentist will carefully examine your oral cavity to check for any signs of tooth decay, gum disease, or other issues. Next, the dentist will perform professional teeth cleaning, scraping away plaque and tartar from your teeth.
Procedures Performed During Regular Dental Checkups
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.
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 plaque and tartar buildup from the surfaces of the teeth. It helps prevent cavities and gum disease.
Digital X-ray technology allows our dental team to get a clearer picture of what’s going on beneath the surface. The images produced by digital X-rays can be enhanced and manipulated, serving as a visual aid for the diagnosis.
Oral Cancer Screening
During your dental checkup, our dentist will also perform an oral cancer screening, looking for any abnormal lesions or lumps in the mouth.
Sealants are thin, plastic coatings that are applied to the chewing surfaces of teeth. Most tooth decay begins in these pits and fissures. Sealants protect these surfaces, preventing decay.
The procedure is quick and easy, taking only a few minutes per tooth. The teeth are first thoroughly cleaned and then conditioned and dried. A special solution is applied to help the sealant bond to the teeth. The sealant is then “painted” onto the teeth where it bonds directly to the enamel.
Our 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.
The dentist will begin by cleaning the affected area. Then, she will use composite resin or porcelain to fill your tooth. The filling will blend in with the rest of your smile for a natural look.
If you have any questions about our dental services, call our experienced dentist in Katy, TX, at (281) 271-5100 to schedule an appointment at our dental office located at 6940 Katy-Gaston Rd Suite 200, Katy, TX 77494.