Though dental visits are one of the key ways to prevent health issues, costs, busy schedules or anxiety can sometimes keep you out of the dentist’s chair. Life happens, but it’s great that you’ve decided to recommit to your dental health. Are you nervous because you don’t know what awaits you? Try not to stress too much. Here are a few things you can expect when visiting a dentist in Newtown after a long hiatus.
A Longer Visit
If it’s been a while since your last visit, you and your dentist will need to become reacquainted. If you’re visiting a new dentist, the two of you will definitely need to catch up. You’ll also need X-rays, a thorough exam and an extensive cleaning.
The Oral Exam
Your dentist will thoroughly examine your teeth and all of the tissue in your mouth. This includes your gums, tongue, cheeks and lips. What are they looking for? Outside of cavities, they will look for any signs of gum disease, your bite, and any jaw issues or dental infections you may have. This exam will allow them to also look for any symptoms of more serious conditions like diabetes and oral cancer.
An updated X-ray will help your dentist see what changes may have occurred since your last dental visit. This close-up view of your oral condition will allow your dentist to see any cavities, tumors, cysts and decay that may not be easily visible to the naked eye.
Even if you have taken great care of your teeth, a significant amount of time away from the dentist’s chair probably means you have a lot of plaque and tartar to be removed. Tartar forms when the plaque on your teeth hardens. It can accumulate above or below the gum line and can only be removed using special tools at the dentist’s office.
There Might Be New Technology
Dentistry is always advancing. For example: modern methods of practice include sedation dentistry, which can help calm those who have anxiety when it comes to visiting the dentist, and the use of tooth-colored fillings rather than metal ones. Whether it’s been one or six years since your last dental visit, you will likely be introduced to new techniques and technology.
Deciding on a Treatment Plan
At the end of your visit, your dentist will want to discuss a plan of action for any future appointments and recommended treatments. They will also discuss your current oral care routine at home and give you ideas on how to improve it. This is also a great time for you to ask your dentist any questions or address any concerns you may have.
After a long time away from the dental office, it’s normal to be a little nervous about your first dental checkup. But the main point to remember is that it’s never too late to achieve the smile you’ve always wanted, and your dentist is happy to help you get your oral health back on track.
About the Practice
The Dentists of Newtown are dedicated to providing their patients with comprehensive, convenient dental care. Their team includes general and cosmetic dentists, oral surgeons, periodontists, endodontists, and orthodontists. So, rather than having to go to different offices, you can get almost anything taken care of under one roof! For more information or to schedule your first visit back to the dentist, visit the website, or contact the office at (215) 579-9900.