Dental Exams: What They Involve and What to Expect

Nov 6, 2014 @ 09:57 AM — by Byron Wall

A woman smiling outdoorsDr. Byron W. Wall is proud to help patients in and around Albuquerque with their dental care needs. This includes providing advanced restorative dentistry to improve dental health as well as the latest in cosmetic dentistry treatments to enhance the look of your smile. The cornerstone of all dental care, however, is the routine exam. Let's see why these kinds of dental visits cannot be taken for granted.

Why Regular Checkups are So Important

Even though regular dental checkups are only held every six months, they are a very important part of improving and maintaining your dental. By visiting your dentist every six months, you will be able to receive the professional care and professional attention that can only be provided by a skilled dentist. They offer numerous services that simply cannot be provided at home.

X-Rays and Advanced Diagnostics

X-rays are taken during dental visits in order to examine the internal structures of the mouth. This includes an examination of the teeth as well as the gum tissue, the jawbone, the jaw joint, and other structures of the mouth. In addition, other advanced diagnostic tools can be used to assess the health and wellness of your teeth and gums.

Professional Cleanings for Hard-to-Reach Places

When you undergo a professional cleaning with a dentist, this means letting a skilled dental care provider have access to the hard-to-reach places of your mouth and really removing caked up plaque and tartar that may be present. Using an electric bush, floss, and scraping tools, your dentist and the dental hygienist will help your teeth be especially clean.

Careful Examination of Your Teeth and Gums

With your teeth x-rayed and cleaned, your dentist will then to a visual examination of the teeth and gums, spotting potential chips and cracks as well as noting the state of your gumline. Tooth damage as well as gum recession can be assessed through this kind of examination. Your dentist will also note any sores or lesions in the soft tissues of your mouth.

Honest Discussion with Dental Health Pros

If you have any dental care concerns that would not be apparent from x-rays or a visual check, the dental visit is your time to mention these matters. Persistent bad breath, dry mouth, clicking or popping of the jaw--all of these issues and others may be the sign of a serious dental health problem. Be sure to get into a discussion about these issues with your dentist so that you can receive proper treatment as needed.

Planning Future Treatment Needs

If you require any kind of future dental care treatment, the routine checkup is a great chance to plan it and get the visit set up. This will also allow you to learn any risks and benefits of the dental care that you are going to undergo, allowing you to have realistic expectations about your treatments and your needs.

Getting Dental Care Tips from People Who Care

In addition to all of the above, your dentist will also be able to provide you with dental care tips that may problem quite helpful to you. This includes info on buying toothbrushes, what toothpastes to use, or even fads in dental care you may want to consider or avoid. None of these tips or customized care is possible without a professional dental visit.

Schedule a Dental Visit at Our Practice

If you would like to schedule a dental visit at our practice, be sure to contact our cosmetic and restorative dentistry center today. Dr. Wall and our entire team looks forward to your visit and helping you achieve great dental health as well as a beautiful smile.

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