Dental Check up and Clean
We at Elevate Dental emphasise prevention, and regular dental check-ups can help accomplish that goal. Regular dental check-ups help us identify problems while they are small, and treat them before they become big problems. We can also do regular, professional cleanings as another measure of prevention, with the result of saving you time and money on future dental work.
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What to Expect During A Check-Up
When you come for a dental check-up here at Elevate Dental, the dentist will examine your teeth, gums and jawbone. Some issues that are looked for include decay and cavities, tooth discolouration and areas that may be prone to decay quicker due to crowding or other common teeth problems. An oral cancer screening is also done as an added layer of preventive care, because when problems are diagnosed quickly, treatment is often easier and quicker. Here are some things that can be expected during a routine dental checkup:
Exam and Evaluation
The dentist will have a look around to identify problems or possible problem areas of your teeth and mouth. This time can be used to discuss any oral health or cosmetic dentistry desires you may have such as teeth whitening or alignment. Discussing these items with the dentist allows you to work together and create a plan of action that fits your goals, schedule and budget.
A dental hygienist will do professional teeth cleaning and polishing. This procedure cleans your teeth and gums deeper than daily brushing at home, and can help remove plaque and tartar before decay or gum disease sets in. This important preventative measure helps keep the risk of cavities and other dental problems to a minimum.
Education and Advice
Once the exam and cleaning are complete, your dentist and/or hygienist will discuss with you any problem areas that are found and what you can do to avoid future dental issues. If necessary, the hygienist may give tips on more effective brushing and flossing.
Sometimes dental x-rays may be suggested. These are used to find hidden decay and the beginning of gum disease so the dentist can take quick action before real problems take place.
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Early Detection Leads to More Effective Treatment
Invisalign is a viable option for teeth straightening in Melbourne with a more cost-effective and less invasive treatment than traditional braces. There are a number of dental concerns that can be fixed with Invisalign, including:
Tooth decay left untreated can lead to holes in the teeth called cavities. Cavities can grow quickly and may be painful or not. But when they become large, they can damage the tooth root, and require a root canal treatment to save the tooth. In some cases, the tooth may succumb to too much damage and need to be extracted.
Worn or damaged teeth from grinding (or bruxism) can be identified during a dental exam. Many people simply don’t realise they grind their teeth during stress or during sleep, and when left untreated, teeth can become worn or loose. Teeth grinding can lead to overly sensitive teeth or even tooth loss.
Jaw problems due to bruxism are common and may come with signs such as jaw pain or a clicking noise in the jaw. Our team at Elevate Dental can detect if this is happening and help find solutions that work.
Abnormal lumps or abscesses in the gum area may be signs of a deep infection. Sometimes antibiotics may be given and sometimes a root canal treatment may be recommended. In either case, early treatment can stop the infection from spreading throughout your body, but delaying treatment can lead to health issues like systemic infection or heart disease.
Gum disease begins with bacteria from tooth decay, plaque and tartar. The infection can quickly spread under gum tissue and deteriorate teeth. Bad breath, bleeding and tooth loss are all symptoms of advanced gum disease, but the good news is that any stage of this disease can be effectively treated. Regular dental check-ups will help us monitor your oral health and quickly stop bacteria before it spreads.
Hidden dental problems like impacted wisdom teeth or cavities between teeth can cause serious problems. Wisdom teeth that grow in sideways or under the gum can crowd and push surrounding molars, causing them to become crooked or damaged. Cavities between teeth can spread and create holes in both teeth, and if left untreated may lead to the need for root canal treatment or tooth loss. Regular dental visits allow us to find these problems before they cause problems.
Oral cancer spreads quickly but can be more effectively treated with early detection. During your checkup, the dentist will look for signs of cancer or any precancerous conditions that may exist in your mouth.
What You Can Do
Healthy oral hygiene habits can help you avoid dental problems that lead to larger health issues. Prevention is best, and early detection means less pain, less stress and less cost to you. Here are some healthy habits you and your family can practice at home:
Frequently Asked Questions
Our trusted dentists are here to help you with your individual needs. Explore our FAQs below or contact us if you have a specific question.
Why are regular dental check-ups important?
Regular dental check-ups are crucial to maintaining healthy teeth and gums. They are a form of preventative dental care that enables dentists to pinpoint minor problems before they become more significant, saving you money and time spent on future trips to the dentist. Regular dental check-ups – which include professional teeth cleaning – aid in detecting cavities, decay, discolouration, gum disease, and other dental problems.
How often should I schedule dental check-ups?
We recommend booking a dental check-up every 6 months for routine professional teeth cleaning. Regular dental check-ups ensure optimal oral health and can help to detect dental issues before they worsen. It’s important to note that your dentist may suggest a different frequency based on your specific dental needs.
How does professional teeth cleaning help prevent dental problems?
Professional teeth cleaning removes tartar and plaque build-up, which are leading causes of gum disease and tooth decay. By having your teeth professionally cleaned by a dental hygienist every 6 months, your risk of cavities and other dental problems will decrease significantly. This process goes beyond brushing your teeth every day at home and is an example of preventative dental care that will help you maintain optimal oral health.
What can I do to improve my oral hygiene?
Healthy oral hygiene can prevent future dental problems through early detection. Below are some tips to improve your oral hygiene:
- Eat a healthy diet.
- Brush your teeth twice a day using dentist-recommended toothpaste.
- Floss daily or according to your dentist’s recommendations.
- Use an antibacterial mouthwash once a day for added protection.
- Drink plenty of fresh water to rinse away food particles.
- Reduce sugary foods to prevent tooth decay.
- Book yourself in for dental check-ups and professional teeth cleanings.
What teeth-cleaning tools do dentists use at regular dental check-ups?
The tools used by your dentist may vary depending on your individual dental needs. Our fully qualified dental practitioners will choose the most appropriate tools to provide comprehensive teeth cleaning while ensuring your comfort and safety. Dentists will usually use a combination of manual and powered dental instruments, but don’t worry! They’re much less scary than the old-fashioned, cartoonish drills and needles that have widely contributed to dental anxiety across the globe. Commonly used dental tools include water spray and suction, a scaler, dental floss, polishing paste and a dental mirror to examine and clean your teeth effectively.
Can I discuss cosmetic dentistry goals during a dental check-up?
Yes! We encourage our patients to ask our friendly and experienced staff any questions about oral health or cosmetic dentistry needs during dental check-ups. Suppose you’re interested in anything from teeth whitening to teeth alignment treatments like Invisalign. In that case, discussing your goals with the dentist can get the wheels rolling on developing a personalised plan that considers your schedule, needs and budget.
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