The most frequent dental appointment in dentistry is a dental examination, sometimes known as a checkup.
Your teeth and oral health has to be evaluated by your dentist because that information will serve as the basis of any necessary treatment plans.
The majority of dentists advise getting your teeth checked once a year. Depending on how healthy your teeth and gums are, some people may need a dental checkup less frequently, while others may need one more frequently.
If you are a new patient, your dentist will first ask you a few medical questions and have you fill out a form about your medical history. It’s possible to question current patients if anything has changed since their last visit. This is to make sure that your medical history hasn’t changed significantly.
Your dentist will examine your mouth from the inside out, as well as your jaw joint, during your dental examination. Your dentist will examine the inside of your mouth, including the gums, tongue, cheeks, roof, and floor in addition to your teeth. Thorough evaluations will be performed on teeth with and without existing restorations (fillings/crowns). Your dentist will also examine your bite, and if you wear a removable denture, the area around it will be examined as well.
Your dentist will then check your gums. Your gum health will be evaluated by the dentist using a periodontal, a soft, spherical device. Because they serve as the “support framework” for your teeth, your gums are just as crucial as your teeth.
Sometimes, as part of a dental examination, your dentist may request an x-ray of your teeth. To more accurately evaluate your tooth/teeth structure, supporting socket bone, and existing restorations (fillings/crowns, etc.), it may be required to take these brief, low-dose photographs. Additionally, a big, full mouth x-ray known as an OPG may be needed by your dentist. It’s crucial to let your dentist know if you’re expecting before any x-rays are done.