In the process of dental treatment, first place you will meet a receptionist to whom you will tell about the reason for your visit. They will check for an available dentist who can meet your needs and demands. Once the appointment is fixed for your dental checkup you will then meet your dentist. You will be spending considerable enough time with your dentist so make sure that you tell them about your condition and ask as many questions as you want.
Before any work is carried inside your mouth the dental hygienist will make sure to go through your past medical history so ensure that you take all the paper work with you. Furthermore your dental hygienist will also ask you whether this is your first dental checkup. This will help them evaluate whether the condition has been persistent for a long time or not. This will also help them to deduce whether there are any changes in your overall health or not. This is why it is important that you should tell them everything about health concern, anxieties and allergies. This will help them decide the course of action so that you get the desired assistance.
Ensure that while you are sitting for dental checkup you have told the team about the fears that you have. It becomes difficult for them later on to perform any surgery or any procedure if you start shivering with the sound of drill. It’s okay and very common if you are scared of a dentist. They will try to calm you down and make sure procedures happen smoothly.
Once the concerns and anxieties are shared they will start working on your teeth. The first step that is taken during any dental checkup is teeth cleaning. Any built up plaque and tartar will be cleaned using a scraper. This will give your teeth a white shiny finish with the help of tooth polisher and slightly abrasive toothpaste. Polishing gets rid of any leftover plaque. This will make your teeth smooth thereby ensuring that there is no plaque accumulated.
Now that the teeth are clean, the next step in this dental checkup involves your dentist looking into the problems inside your mouth. They will use a metal probe which will have a small angled mirror to see behind and between the teeth and gums. It will also help them in checking how soft the enamel and dentin is. They will check the swelling of gums, mouth sores and redness. Measuring of periodontal pockets is also an important procedure in a dental checkup. If the pocket is any deeper than one and three millimeters then there is a strong chance that you are suffering from gum disease.
The last step is taking a dental x-ray just to ensure that they have not missed out any issues which lies below the surface of the mouth. After this step in your dental checkup a qualified dentist will visit you, check the reports and X-rays and thereafter the next course of action is decided. With the help of X-rays they will be able to see whether there are any bone loss, fractures or any sort of abnormality underneath the visible surface of gums. Thereafter they will look for issues with jaw alignment, teeth grinding, and oral cancer and according to the problem detected your dental examination will proceed.
Once the exam is completed and you have been treated your dentist will advice medicines you should use and how often you need to go back to the clinic. Dental hygiene has to be maintained so that the condition of your teeth is maintained.