Routine dental checkups are essential to maintaining the health of your teeth and gums. Most dentists recommend visiting at least twice a year, although sometimes more frequent visits are in order depending upon your specific needs and health history. If you are anxious about the appointment, here’s what you can expect during a preventative dental checkup.
A dentist, with the assistance of a hygienist, will evaluate the overall health of your teeth and gums. They will look for signs of tooth decay, gum and bone disease. They will also check for calcium deposits on your teeth, stains, sensitivity, discoloration and tartar build up.
If you have fillings, wear dentures or braces, they may check for wear and proper fit. You will discuss adjustments, proper cleaning techniques and use of tools such as electric toothbrushes, fluoride, mouthwash or dental floss. A visit might also include counseling about your diet and tobacco use that can affect your oral health.
Dental X-rays also allow the dentist and inside view of your mouth and bone structure. While they aren’t performed on every visit, your dentist may ask you to bite down on a film holder while they capture a variety of images; such as a bitewing for upper and lower crowns, a periapical for the entire tooth, an occlusal image of the upper teeth and lower jaw closure, a cone beam computerized tomography for a 3D view and panoramic view of the entire mouth.
Finally, your dentist will discuss treatment options and recommend the best time to return for a follow up visit. Apex EDI will make it easy for you to pay for your preventative checkups, dental treatments and follow up exams. We will simplify the billing process and ensure your claim is paid quickly so you receive the best possible dental care.
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