Once you come to our office, you will be welcomed by our care coordinators. They will request you fill out a form about your dental and medical history, personal and contact details.
Having done that, you will be received by one of our nurses. She will take you to the room to take a panoramic x-ray. The purpose of this x-ray is to get a full picture of the jaws and all the images of the teeth, top, and bottom.
Once the panoramic x-ray has been taken, your dentist will be welcoming you into the room, requesting you to sit down, and the nurse will make you comfortable with a comfy cushion.
The dentist will place the chair in a comfortable position so that he is able to start the dental check-up, and the nurse will put on a protecting bib for your clothes.
The dental check-up consists of consulting the patient’s primary concerns and starts with the dentist taking for bitewing x-rays. These x-rays help the dentist to diagnose if there are any cavities in between the teeth. It is a necessity because when the dentist does a visual exam, he will not be able to see them without the help of the x-ray.
Once the x-rays are completed, two on each side, he will put your chair in a comfortable position again to be able to do the introvert exam. During the visual exam, he will be checking the condition of the gums, teeth, checking for any pockets, if there is any bleeding, any deposits, whether there are any fillings that are of poor condition and if there are any visual cavities or damages on the bite surfaces of the teeth.
The dentist will be checking the soft tissues of the mouth, the tongue, and your bite or the occlusion. During a complete dental check-up is, the ambition is to guide the patient to work towards oral health.
A visual check-up is finished by checking with an intraoral camera. It is one of the best tools of communication with the patient. He would take color pictures of all the teeth, fillings, deposits, or if there is any gum inflammation.
Once all these images x-rays and panoramic x-ray are ready, the patient is seated back up, and the dentist will go through all the things that he can diagnose on the x-rays and the intraoral images to explain the condition of the mount and if there are any things that need to be dealt with.
X-rays explain to the patient if there are any poor fillings or cavities between the teeth to create a treatment plan. The panoramic x-ray also tells and shows if there are any vertical pockets, bone loss, resinated wisdom teeth, or any microleakage under the old fillings.
The dentist will also demonstrate the anatomy of the jaws by explaining whereof the mandibular bones, nerves, and any teeth elongated in there by position. Followed by the x-rays comes the fun part for the patient. That’s when they can actually see all the images of their teeth in color.
They can reveal the condition of the old fillings if new cavities are coming up or old damages on the white surfaces that may need to be sealed or cleaned out. The dentist will explain if there are any old fillings that are not in good condition or have any microleakage or secondary decay.
He will show you if you’ve got any deposits, especially on the inside of your teeth where the saliva having lots of salts and minerals despite good brushing can leave deposits called tartar calculus or dental stone.