Dental Checkups in our Perth Practice
A check-up involves a thorough examination of your teeth, gums and mouth. Regular check-ups will prevent minor problems from becoming major ones and save you time and money.
At Edental Perth, we recommend six-monthly check-ups with your dentist. These appointment, combined with regular at-home dental hygiene (cleaning, flossing and diet), will reduce the risk of gum disease or the need for fillings. Our in-built reminder system contacts all our patients in a timely manner about their regular check-ups and keeps them informed of any incomplete treatment pending.
What happens during a check-up?
At each check-up, the dentist will ask about any difficulties or pain since your last visit. As you settle into the dental chair we clean scale and polish your teeth.
- Check-up: Your dentist will check for cavities and to see if there’s any plaque – that’s the clear, sticky layer of bacteria – or tartar on your teeth. Next, the dentist checks your gums, seeing if the spaces between your teeth and gums are shallow. Gum disease becomes apparent when the spaces become deeper. The dentist also checks the tongue, throat, face and neck, looking for any signs of trouble or swelling as well as looking for anything irregular.
- Scale & polish: Plaque or tartar build-up needs to be removed regularly, so the dentist uses special instruments such as an ultrasonic scaler to painlessly knock loose any larger pieces of tartar, and provide deep cleaning above and below the gum line.
Once all the surfaces are smooth, they are polished to remove stains from the teeth using a slow-speed instrument with a soft, spinning rubber cup. Inside the cup is a polish comprised of an abrasive toothpaste-like material and fluoride – this powerful mix is spun around on your soon-to-be smooth and shiny teeth. Most people enjoy the feeling of their polished teeth after a visit to the dentist.
Depending on your oral exam, dental history and your risk level for developing cavities, a dental X-ray may be recommended. An X-ray can give the dentist a good view of your jaw alignment, any decay between teeth as well as identifying any impacted teeth, abscesses, wisdom teeth or cysts on the roots of your teeth.
What happens after the check-up?
After the examination, the dentist will discuss any further treatment recommendations, covering everything from tooth brushing techniques to your diet and nutrition, alcohol intake, and smoking.
If there are any complications, a return visit may be required for restoration work, such as a filling or crown. For more complex work, the dentist may need to refer you to a specialist such as an orthodontist, periodontist, oral surgeon or an endodontist. At all stages, the dentist is happy to talk about different options and make sure you’re 100% satisfied with your treatment.
If you haven’t had a check-up in the last 6 months, it’s time!
You can book an appointment online using the orange Book now button on this page. Or, if you have any questions, fill out the quick contact form to your right, or call us on 1300 467 112