What Happens During A Dental Check Up?
If you've not had a recent check up, or are having an issue with tooth pain your visit may include digital x-rays - this technology emits up to 90% less radiation.
Our hygienist will give your teeth a thorough cleaning.
The hygienist and dentist will both be checking for the swelling of gums in any areas, mouth sores, and redness.
Clean teeth will make it much easier to see problem areas in your mouth. Our dentist will review any new x-rays and begin a complete oral exam.
An angled mirror and probe helps to see behind and between teeth and gums, as well as check for the softening of tooth enamel and dentin.
Your gum check may include measuring your mouth’s periodontal pockets, which are the spaces between the top of the gum line and where the gum tissues firmly attaches to the tooth. Best case scenario, this pocket should be 1 to 3 millimeters deep. Deeper pockets can be a sign of gum disease and will be closely monitored at future appointments.
The dentist will check that your bite is aligned and that your jaw joints move smoothly. Your teeth will be examined for signs of teeth grinding or jaw clenching, and each tooth will be checked for cracks and/or chips.
Your dentist will also gently feel your neck and behind your jaw, checking for swollen nymph nodes. The tongue and the entire inside of your mouth will be scrutinized for any signs of oral cancer.
After the entire check-up has been completed, the dentist will create your oral health plan. If you require fillings or other dental work it is best to address these issues quickly, and get your oral health back on track ASAP.