The Process of a Dental Exam
What is a Dental Exam?
The most common reason for the general public to see a dentist is to have a dental exam and cleaning performed. These tasks should be done at least once a year, but they are more effective if they are performed twice a year. Although everyone should see a dentist for a cleaning and exam, many people avoid the dentist due to the fears they have over what will happen in their exam and the possible pain that could come from the exam and cleaning.
When you have fears about what might happen in your exam, talk with your dentist ahead of time to make sure that they are aware of your hesitations so that they can help make your exam and cleaning worry-free, and be sure you have a dentist who is interested in making your experience a positive and happy one to help ensure you will continue to have your oral health needs reviewed and taken care of.
What Happens During a Dental Exam?
The process of a dental exam is usually quick and easy. Dental exams typical follow this schedule:
Review History: Your dentist will want to review your dental history so that they can check on any previous issues you’ve had to make sure they are healed or not worsening. They may ask you some questions about your teeth or gums or past work you’ve had done during this portion of the exam.
Take X-rays: X-rays of our teeth are important to have. They allow your dentist to look at your teeth and notice any issues your teeth may be having that aren’t obvious from a simple cursory examination. These X-rays can show your dentist issues such as cavities that can be filled before they turn into big and expensive issues.
Examine and Clean: The dentist will use a variety of dental tools to explore, examine, and clean your mouth while you are at your appointment. These tools allow the dentist to check for tooth decay, receding gums, cavities, and larger issues such as oral cancer. Your dentist will also clean your teeth so that they are free of plaque and tartar, which will make them healthy and well.
Set Appointment for Next Visit: At the end of your visit, you will schedule your next appointment for your next cleaning and examination. This appointment is usually six months away or so, so unless you have other needs that the dentist needs to address, you will come back for your next appointment then.
A California Dentist Here for You
Dental exams and cleanings are truly an important part of your oral health. When you have these procedures done, you are able to care for your teeth and gums fully, making sure you have a healthy mouth for as long as you live. At the Del Mar, (San Diego) CA dental offices of Curtis L. Chan, D.D.S., we are ready to give you the dental exam and cleaning you need. We also know how to help alleviate any fears you may have about your upcoming exam and are happy to answer any questions you have to help you understand this process better.
We want you to feel right at home in our office when we’re working with you, so we will help you in any way that we can to give you the best experience you can have. Call us today at (858) 481-9090 to set up your dental exam today.
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