The Dental Examination

Why is it so important?

It is estimated that only 61% of adults see their dentist regularly, with 2% of the population having never actually seen a dentist ever.  Some only prefer to go when they are experiencing problems with their teeth or gums.

What is important is that you see a dentist regularly. Prevention is better than cure and a few minutes once every 6 months could save you from having unnecessary and even costly treatment.

Even if you have no teeth at all you still need to see your dentist.  Your dentist doesn’t just check the health of teeth but also the health of your gums, the soft tissues, your tongue and having regular appointments will allow him to detect any abnormalities early.

What happens in the dental examination?

  1. Your dentist will discuss your medical history and any possible medications you may be taking.  Certain medications and illnesses can have an effect on your teeth and your dentist will take this into consideration when checking your teeth.  Your dentist may also ask you if you have been having any problems.
  2. The dentist will then visually check the teeth and gums, and may also use certain instruments to help him do this.  The dentist looks at each tooth individually checking for any signs of decay, cracks, fractures and any signs of gum disease. They may also take note of certain teeth that could potentially need treatment in the future and review this at every appointment.
  3. During the examination the dentist will also carry out Oral Cancer Screening.  This is where the dentist will check for any abnormalities in the mouth and also around the lips.  If necessary a referral can be sent and a biopsy carried out.  Most of the time these abnormalities are deemed harmless but it is always best to get them checked out.
  4. In certain instances x-rays may be necessary.  The dentist can only check the parts of the teeth he can see and needs x-rays to check the roots and inside the teeth.
  5. Sometimes the dentist will clean your teeth removing plaque and tartar that has built up.  If this isn’t removed the plaque will irritate the gums and possibly cause Gum Disease.  If certain areas of your mouth need more attention your dentist may inform you of this.  He may also review your oral hygiene routine.
  6. If your mouth is healthy and in no need of treatment your dentist will ask you to return in 6 months.  Alternatively should you need treatment your dentist will give you a treatment plan listing the treatment needed and any fees involved.

What if you don’t have regular examination appointments?

A dental examination is a general maintenance appointment, ensuring your teeth stay healthy and if necessary plan any treatment.  By failing to attend these appointments you could potentially increase the risk of losing your teeth.  A dentist is a trained professional and recognises certain signs which we may not.  Your teeth should ideally last you a lifetime and having regular examinations will help achieve this.

An examination is nothing to be feared and its n too late to book an appointment.  Call us today 01268 733078 or visit our website for more information