Coming to the dentist for a checkup is really nothing that anyone should be apprehensive about. Unfortunately, many people put off this very necessary dental procedure simply because they feel like everything is fine and they don’t want to get bad news if it isn’t.
While this is understandable as human nature, it still doesn’t serve as an excuse to neglect your oral health routine. Our dental healthcare providers here at Thomas Plunkett, DMD will make sure that every experience you have with us goes as smoothly as possible. When it comes to exams specifically, it is important to have them performed as soon as possible when suggested by an expert practitioner.
Setting Up an Appointment
The first step is nothing more than giving us a call to schedule a visit for your examination. We will be glad to work around your schedule and decide on a time which is convenient for you. With this out of the way, the next part will take place once your appointment arrives.
Discussing Medical History
Upon your first visit with a new doctor, it will most likely be necessary to go over your medical history, including any previous or current conditions that you may have had, as well as any medications which you may be taking. These facts are crucial in determining what type of dental care and maintenance routine that you should be placed on.
Various medical conditions, as well as different medications can affect the way your body responds to certain treatments. This can include anything from excessive bleeding to dry mouth to being more prone to developing gum disease. Making sure that both you and our dentist understands these things is critical in establishing an effective oral health regimen.
Investigations and X-rays
From there, our dental professional may want to take x-rays (though not always) to get a better look at certain teeth or regions of your mouth. This will help to identify any issues which may warrant further attention. This is when you and the doctor will discuss your goals for your oral health routine, as well as any possible problems that you may need to keep an eye out for in the coming months.
Cleaning or Further Necessary Evaluations
In most cases, a routine examination will be followed up by a basic cleaning, unless other concerns have arisen during the checkup. As far as the cleaning goes, it will most likely consist of scraping the tartar and plaque buildup off of your teeth and away from your gums, along with any other debris. This will usually be followed by a polishing and rinsing. However, if the exam reveals other issues which may require a more focused treatment than a simple cleaning, that will have to be addressed first.
Here at Thomas Plunkett, DMD, we make sure that each of our patients receives quality care from any and all of our experienced dental health practitioners. This includes anything from a simple exam and basic cleaning all the way to more advanced treatments and therapies. Give our office a call at 863-372-1010 to learn more.