If you tremble at the sight of a dentist, and the sound of drills tightens your lips, those feelings are often caused by childhood memories. Times have changed, and routine dental treatments became virtually pain-free. At Kelly Road Dental Care, our highly trained personnel provides comfort and a home-like atmosphere, where you can relax while we sort you out and perform a comprehensive dental exam along with professional dental cleanings. If further treatment is recommended, we customize each action plan to fit the unique needs of every patient.
Why is a routine dental exam important?
There is no need to convince anyone that a regular visit to the dentist is the foundation of healthy teeth. If we notice any issues in time, such as tooth decay, we will be able to fix the problem quickly and save you from a long and often uncomfortable treatment. No action is taken at the time of a check-up – we will focus on checking the condition of your smile, and if necessary, take digital x-ray images for a more detailed view.
What does the dental check-up look like?
At the beginning of your visit, your dentist may want to inquire about any medications that you are taking along with medical conditions – a process referred to as gathering your medical history. Diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and thrombosis are the most common conditions affecting the health of your teeth and gums. The way these illnesses are treated may also impact your dental health.
When medical history is completed, we proceed to examine your teeth, existing fillings, cavities, and mucosa of the entire mouth. This also helps us determine whether any neoplastic changes occurred. After examining the entire oral cavity, Dr. Van de Vyver will decide whether further visits and treatments are necessary. If so, we can estimate the course of your treatment.
Can dental cleaning be performed during a routine exam?
A professional tooth cleaning procedure is standard practice during routine dental visits. By implementing appropriate instruments, we can remove plaque and tartar (dental calculus deposits) from places below the gum line. The teeth cleaning methods practiced at Kelly Road Dental Care eliminate the potential cause of painful diseases of the gums and teeth and get rid of the unpleasant odor from the mouth. The dental cleaning procedure is absolutely painless.
What about tooth decay?
Caries is a very serious tooth problem. It can effectively destroy your teeth and even lead to the formation of an abscess around the tips of their roots, not to mention the pain these diseases are associated with. During the dental examination, Dr. Van de Vyver uses a metal probe to search for possible tooth decay. He may slightly tap the tooth, trying to find foci of pathological softening of the teeth or determine if there is hypersensitivity. This stage of the dental exam is often described as uncomfortable rather than painful unless a tooth problem is recognized. Make sure to report any sensations to your dentist.
How often should I have a dental check-up?
Let’s start with our little patients. The child’s first visit to the dentist should take place after six months from the appearance of the first tooth or at the latest by the end of the first year of life, as recommended by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.
When it comes to adults, they should perform a routine dental check-up every six months or so. However, if you are a smoker, abuse alcohol consumption, have diabetes, or are pregnant, your dentist may recommend that you visit the dental office more often because of an increased risk of dental and gum disease.
Preventive dental care during pregnancy:
Ideally, a woman should take care of the condition of her mouth before becoming pregnant. During pregnancy, the use of some anesthetics is minimal. Doctors recommend that you avoid any dental procedures in the first trimester of pregnancy, and the use of anti-inflammatory, analgesic, or anesthetic agents may cause damage or malformations to the fetus.
The second trimester of pregnancy is safer for dental procedures. Some doctors consider this period to be the safest for the baby, and pregnancy symptoms are much less prevalent than at the beginning of pregnancy. In the third trimester of pregnancy, a woman may find it difficult to sit comfortably in the dental chair and stay in one position for a long time. When it comes to teeth whitening or other cosmetic procedures – those should be performed after the baby is born.
Kelly Road Dental Care offers comprehensive exams and solutions to patients of all ages, including pediatric and senior care. If further treatment is advised, we guide you through the process and explain why we think it might be necessary. Keep in mind that next to excellent oral hygiene, routine dental exams and cleanings are considered the best preventive approach. We want to see you enjoy your beautiful smile for a lifetime.