What Can I Expect at a Dental Check-Up?

Woman visiting her dentist for cleaning These visits will help prevent issues from developing and will also help detect any problems when they’re at their earliest, most easily treated stage.

How Often Should You Get a Dental Checkup?

In general, you should receive a regular dental checkup twice a year. However, if you are at a higher risk of having dental issues or have frequently had them in the past, your dentist may suggest that you schedule more frequent regular visits.

What Happens During a Dental Checkup?

The following steps are generally followed during a dental checkup:

Thorough Professional Cleaning

Your dentist or dental hygienist will use special instruments to clean your teeth. They will clean visible parts of your teeth as well as below the gum line to remove plaque build-up and tartar. Your teeth will also be flossed and polished.

Full Examination

Your dentist will thoroughly examine your mouth, teeth, and gums and will talk to you about any issues you’ve been having or questions you may want to ask. Detecting problems at their earlier stages can make them easier to treat, and if your dentist sees signs of decay or other issues, a follow-up care plan will be created.

X-rays

X-rays will be taken from time to time so your dentist can check for additional problems such as decay between your teeth, cysts, tumors, and bite issues.

Follow-Up Plan

If your dentist sees any problems, a follow-up plan will be devised for specific treatment. If nothing arises, your dentist will suggest a timeframe for your next regular checkup.

What Happens on Your Next Visit?

If your teeth are healthy, you will return to the dentist in six months to a year for another cleaning and checkup. If there is a dental issue, you’ll most likely need to come back sooner. For example, a cavity may need to be filled or a crown may need to be placed on a damaged tooth. Gum disease may require scaling and root planing to help clean additional areas.

To receive exceptional, personalized regular dental checkups, make an appointment today with Cedar Mountain Dental of Newington, CT. We have decades of experience and offer high-quality care for routine care as well as general, cosmetic, and emergency dentistry.