Why do you need to visit the dentist?
A regular visit to the dentist allows any potential problems to be spotted early on and make it easy to maintain overall dental health. Regular check-ups can mean the difference between a routine filling and a multiple root canal treatment, which can be uncomfortable and take a lot longer. Also, your dentist can provide constructive feedback on oral hygiene, from advising on which products to use to point out foods to avoid.
How often should you get them?
It is important to remember that even if your teeth aren’t hurting and there isn’t anything visibly wrong, there could be an underlying issue that can only be seen via X-rays. For example, you might not know that a wisdom tooth needs taking out before it hits a nerve. But regular X-rays can give you all the information you need, so you can avoid needing to book an emergency appointment.
How often you should visit the dentist is shaped by the following factors:
• How strong your teeth are
• How good your overall health is
• How rigorous you are about maintaining good oral hygiene
You should make a visit to the dentist every six months, or once a year.
What happens during a dental check-up?
A typical check-up will involve a dentist taking some X-rays of your teeth to make sure the teeth are healthy and there aren’t any underlying gum problems. Once this is done, the dentist will typically examine your teeth for signs of decay and your gums for any signs of swelling. They will also check how your teeth align, looking out for any signs of tooth grinding. Lastly, the dentist will clean your teeth – scraping off the tartar, polishing the teeth and flossing.
Different dental treatments
Teeth whitening: It’s perfect for those whose teeth have discolored from the effects of things like cigarettes, red wine, or tea over time. Some patients have gotten in touch with us after a few months to say their fresh, white teeth helped them stay off the cigarettes! It’s a very simple procedure – a bleaching agent is used to brighten teeth. It takes around 45 minutes, and the results are instant.
Veneers: Veneers are probably one of the least-understood dental procedures. Not everybody can get a shiny white veneer to cover tooth problems. There are two types of veneer to mention: composite veneers and porcelain veneers. When it comes to composite veneers, a strong tooth-colored paste-like substance (like a filling) is glued to the exterior of the tooth. Composite veneers can be applied in a single visit and last up to ten years. Porcelain veneers are less likely to stain, and they last longer. These are made in a laboratory and are a more costly option.
Dental implants: A dental implant acts like a screw that is placed into the jawbone. Eventually, it fuses to the bone and is topped with an abutment and a bridge or crown (which looks like a natural tooth). This takes two trips to the dentist, three-to-six months apart. On the first trip, an initial consultation is followed by the implant’s placement and a temporary crown. On the second, the crown or bridge needs to be created and fitted.