Although in Dentistry we primarily treat the mouth and all of its structures, the oral cavity is connected to the rest of the body and acts as the Gateway to many of its organ systems.Dental appointments are an important part of your total health care. If it has been awhile since you had an exam or you are preparing for your first appointment.
Why it’s done: Regular dental exams help protect your oral health and general well-being. A dental exam gives your dentist a chance to provide tips on caring for your teeth and to detect any problems early — when they’re most treatable.
When to have a dental exam: The American Dental Association recommends that adults schedule regular dental exams at intervals determined by a dentist.
Even if you no longer have your natural teeth, it’s important to consult your dentist for regular dental exams to maintain your oral health and the usefulness of your replacement teeth.
What To Expect During a DENTAL VISIT?
On your first visit, your dentist or hygienist will take a full health history. Your initial appointment will consist of a one-on-one conversation about your dental needs, concerns and past experiences. On any of your follow-up visits, if your health status has changed, make sure to tell your dentist. Make sure your dentist is aware if you are pregnant, taking any blood thinners, have heart problems or any resent surgeries or allergies. Here’s what you can expect during most trips to Molar TO Molar Dentistry!
- Evaluate your overall health and oral hygiene
- Evaluate your risk of tooth decay, root decay, and gum or bone disease
- Evaluate your need for tooth restoration or tooth replacement
- Check your bite and jaw for problems
- A Thorough Ceaning – a dental hygienist or dentist will scrape along and below the gum line to remove built-up plaque and tartar that can cause gum disease, cavities, bad breath and other problems. Then he or she will polish and floss your teeth.
- A Full Dental Examination – your dentist will perform a thorough examination of your teeth, gums and mouth, looking for signs of disease or other problems.
- X-Rays – X-rays can diagnose problems otherwise unnoticed, such as damage to jawbones, impacted teeth, abscesses, cysts or tumors, and decay between the teeth.
- Demonstrate proper cleaning techniques for your teeth or dentures
- Assess your need for fluoride
- Do an Oral Cancer Screening.
If you have pain or an immediate problem, your dentist may deal with these issues first, before doing the cleaning. The course and order of treatment depends on the state of your dental health.
All of these findings will be presented to you on large, color digital monitors. Patients will have the opportunity to review and plan together with their dentist a customized plan to address things that need to be fixed. A complete understanding of common goals, time frames, and cost would all be discussed at this time.
For your convenience we are an all-electronic and paperless office. Please assist us by providing the all the information on your first or follow up appointment. If you have dental insurance, please bring a copy of the card with you to your appointment.
IMPORTANT: All patients under the age of 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at the consultation visit.
A dental X-ray allows the dentist to see detailed images of your mouth. Various types of dental X-rays are available, including:
- Bitewing.This type of X-ray allows the dentist to see the crowns of the upper and lower teeth. During a bitewing X-ray, you’ll bite down on the X-ray film holder while the X-ray images are being taken.
- Periapical. This type of X-ray allows the dentist to see the entire tooth and the surrounding bone.
- Occlusal. This type of X-ray allows the dentist to see the way the upper teeth and corresponding lower teeth fit together when the jaw is closed.
- Panoramic. This type of X-ray gives the dentist a broad view of the entire mouth.
- Cone beam computerized tomography. This type of X-ray provides a 3-D view so that the dentist can better gauge the spacing of teeth and adjacent structures.
X-rays aren’t typically needed at every dental visit. Radiation exposure from dental X-rays is low — but talk to your dentist if you’re concerned about radiation exposure.
These x-rays can spot decay or other trouble areas that may not be obvious with a surface examination. Decay between teeth or around an old filling can be hard to spot without x-rays.
Oral cancer exam
During your dental exam, your dentist or hygienist will look for signs of oral cancer. He or she will feel the area under your jaw, the sides of your neck, and the insides of your lips and cheeks, as well as examine the sides of your tongue and the roof and floor of your mouth. At Molar TO Molar we offer to use a specialized device to look at the tissue using special light that can detect changes in the epithelium, which can be missed by naked eyes. If any thing suspicious, tour dentist will refer you to a specialist for further investigation.
After your dental exam, the dentist or hygienist will discuss your oral health, including your risk of tooth decay, gum disease and any other oral health problems, and preventive measures you can take to improve and protect your oral health.
The dentist or hygienist will also recommend the best time to return for a follow-up visit. If you’re at high risk of tooth decay or gum disease or have other oral health problems, the dentist or hygienist might recommend frequent checkups.
- Pregnant women
- People with current gum disease
- People with a weak immune response to bacterial infection
- People who tend to get cavities or build up plaque
The schedule for any person may change during a lifetime. In times of stress or illness, you may need to see the dentist more often than usual. The dentist may help you to fight off a temporary infection or treat changes in your mouth
If you take good care of your teeth and gums at home and your dentist doesn’t find any cavities or gum disease for a few years, he or she may choose to lengthen the time between visits. Ask your dentist the best schedule for your routine dental visits.