If it’s been six months or more since your last visit, it’s time to make an appointment to come and see us.
Can you believe that we are already halfway through the year? As the months fly by, it’s important to remember to take time for our overall health. Oral health forms an important part of our wellbeing, which is why it’s essential to come in for regular dental check-ups. Read on to find out what to expect at your next consultation, and how we can help you keep your teeth and gums in optimal health.
Why are dental check-ups so important?
By coming in for a check-up every six months, we can make sure that your teeth and gums remain healthy. Your dentist will be able to detect any oral health problems at an early stage and provide treatment before you experience any pain or complications. Your dentist can also provide you with advice on how to prevent issues from developing, as well as any oral hygiene tips you might need to improve the condition of your mouth.
What can I expect at a dental check-up?
When you come in for a dental check-up, your dentist will usually begin by giving your teeth a professional clean. This helps to get rid of any plaque and tartar that has built up on the surface of your teeth over time and will make your teeth look shiny and smooth.
Once your teeth have been thoroughly cleaned, your dentist will perform an assessment. With the use of a metal probe and a mirror, your dentist will look in between and behind your teeth and gums and check for any issues, such as sores, swelling or redness. If any abnormalities are detected, your dentist will explain the best course of treatment.
What treatments are available?
We offer a range of general dentistry treatments, and the one that’s right for you will depend on your particular needs. Some of the most common treatments that we provide following a dental check-up include tooth-coloured restorations and root canal treatments. We also sometimes recommend extractions and wisdom teeth removal where necessary.
If your dentist detects tooth decay, the most likely course of treatment will involve a restoration. Also known as fillings, our tooth-coloured restorations are made of dental composite resin that is very strong and durable. One of the main benefits of tooth-coloured restorations is that they are natural in appearance, and you won’t even be able to notice them once they have been placed.
If your dentist diagnoses an infection or abscess at the root of your tooth, or deterioration of the underlying bone tissue, root canal treatment may be recommended. In this case, you will undergo a procedure in which an incision is made in the tooth to allow access to the pulp chamber. Any dead pulp, infected tissue and tooth decay will be cleaned out and the canals will be shaped and disinfected. The canals will then be filled with a special material to seal them up in order to prevent bacteria from re-entering.
Although usually treated as a last resort, we do also offer extractions in the case of severe tooth decay, dental abscess, gum disease, infection, bone fractures, and impacted wisdom teeth. If an extraction is necessary, your dentist will explain the procedure to you and guide you through the process.
What about the kids?
If you’re ready to make an appointment for a check-up and clean, we encourage you to bring your children in at the same time. It’s important that children begin visiting the dentist at an early age in order to maintain good oral health in the long term.
We offer a range of children’s dentistry treatments, including check-ups and cleaning, extractions, fillings, mouthguards and sealants. No matter what your child’s needs are, we can help!
To make an appointment for yourself and your family, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.