Dental Visit: What to Expect

Visiting us twice a year is important for your dental health. Regular dental examinations ensure that your teeth are healthy and strong. If there are any issues with your teeth, such as cavities, a dental exam will help our dentists seek them out and correct them right away. So, what can you expect from your dental visit with us? Let’s take a look: 

Dental History 

During your check-up, our dentists will first ask you about your dental history and if you have had any problems/pain since the last time you saw us (usually about six months ago). For example, if you have any pain or have been experiencing gum bleeding, we will thoroughly examine those areas and decide next steps. 

Dental X-Rays 

Taking an x-ray of your teeth allows us to take a deeper look into your oral health and tooth condition. An x-ray will help us identify cavities in your teeth, if wisdom teeth are growing in, or if you are having any bone loss issues. Please note: An x-ray may not be needed every time you visit us; our dentists will inform you whether or not it is necessary. 

Dental Cleaning 

After speaking to you about your dental concerns and taking an x-ray, a hygienist or dentist will clean and polish your teeth. Thoroughly cleaning your teeth at our office twice a year will remove plaque and tartar from your teeth using special tools to scrape away any harmful buildup. This is important because it will help keep your teeth strong and prevent decay. The hygienist/dentist will then use a rotating brush to remover leftover plaque and any surface stains. Finally, your teeth will be flossed to ensure there is no cavities-causing residue in-between your teeth. 

Examination

Once the cleaning is completed, our dentists will take a closer look at your teeth and gums. During the examination, our dental professionals will be able to spot any warning signs and issues, such as gum disease. The dentist will also look over your x-ray and discuss with you if any further action (For example, dental sealants or filling in cavities) is needed. 

Post-Dental Exam 

Make sure to keep up with your dental routine at home; Brush twice a day, floss daily, and use a fluoride-based mouthwash to keep your teeth strong. If you have any questions about your teeth or experience any dental discomfort in-between your dental exams, please call Premier Dental Associates at 212-587-0202! Now, keep on smiling with those healthy teeth! 

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