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What to Expect During a Dental Exam

Dr. Degel Jul 14, 2013

General Dental Visits/Exams - What to ExpectDental exams are rather routine. And yet there is a lot of nervousness people feel when they go to the dentist. Sometimes this nervousness is so serious that patients experience debilitating fear. We don't think that patients should be so frightened about the dental care process. One way that we reduce this sort of fear of dental visits is patient eduction. By knowing what to expect during a dental health visit, patients will be able to get the care they need without feeling anxious at all.

With that in mind, the team at our cosmetic dentistry center would like to go over some basics about dental exams so that you know what to expect from a basic dental care visit.

Why Dental Exams are Necessary for Excellent Health

Brushing at least twice a day and flossing every night is a great way to prevent cavities and gum disease, though even these actions can only do so much. Only skilled dental professionals will be able to address serious dental health problems. Dentists have special equipment for such matters and are able to provide care that cannot be performed by a patient using over-the-counter products.

Dental Diagnostics

One of the most important things that dentists do at routine exams is basic diagnostics. This means x-rays and careful examination of the various structures in the mouth. By identifying any small problems or potential problems, your dentist will be able to provide excellent care.

In addition to taking x-rays and examining the teeth themselves, your dentist will ask you questions. If you're experiencing any dental problems or have any concerns, feel free to share them with your dentist. This open flow of communication is an important part of the dental care process that should not be ignored.

Professional Cleanings

The professional dental cleaning is an important part of general dental care. These cleaning will carefully polish the teeth to remove any and all plaque or tartar deposits, especially in the hard to reach places.

Addressing Dental Health Issues

If your dentist notes any problems during your exam, your dentist will attempt to address these issues to the best of his or her ability during the visit. In general, basic tooth decay can be addressed in the same dental visit, though more severe tooth decay (e.g., damage that would necessitate restoration through dental crowns) and serious dental health issues will require at least one additional visit.

Making Plans for Future Care

Having a healthy, beautiful smile is an ongoing process. Your dentist will work with you to determine a plan for the future. For tooth grinding and TMJ disorders, for example, a process of treatment can be defined and initiated. Should your dentist recommend orthodontic care or other long-term treatments, these can be discussed at length.

This forward thinking allows patients to have great dental health down the line and helps dentists anticipate the dental care needs a patient will have in the future.

Schedule a Consultation for Dental Care Treatment

If you would like more information about dental care treatments and how you can achieve the best possible dental health, be sure to contact our Astoria cosmetic and restorative dentistry center today. The entire team looks forward to meeting you in person and helping you achieve the best possible results.

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