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If you’re an adult visiting a new practice for the first time, here’s what you can typically expect during a regular dental exam.
Plan to arrive 15 minutes early to your appointment to complete any required new patient forms.
Sometimes these forms can be emailed or downloaded from a website in advance.
Regular exam appointments can take 30 to 60 minutes, and most often consist of two parts; a cleaning and an oral exam.
The cleaning portion of the exam may be done by a licensed dental hygienist. Part of the hygienist’s role is to educate and counsel patients on how to improve or maintain good oral health.
One seated in the operatory, your hygienist may ask you for your medical history. Be prepared to answer questions about the kind of prescribed and over the counter medications you take, and if you have any health conditions (like high blood pressure, diabetes, or drug allergies).
Dental x-rays are typically taken at a first visit to help diagnose problems such as impacted teeth, abscesses, and decay between the teeth and to have a baseline to help identify changes in the future.
Today’s modern x-ray machines emit virtually no radiation, no more than you would receive from a day in the sun or a weekend watching TV.
But, as a precaution, the hygienist will place a lead apron over you.
Your hygenist will most likely conduct a periodontal exam, checking the health of your gums. The depths of any pockets around a tooth will be measured with a periodontal probe and any visual signs of gum disease will be noted on your dental chart.
Your hygienist may remove any plaque and tartar build-up on your teeth using either a handheld or ultrasonic power scaler, or both.
A handheld scaler allows your hygienist to manually eliminate tartar deposits from every tooth. An ultrasonic power scaler has a small tip that uses high energy vibrations to break up and remove tartar deposits with a spray of water to flush the area clean of bacteria.
With the tartar removed, your hygienist may use a dental handpiece and some special paste to polish your teeth, remove any stains and plaque from your teeth’s enamel. After you rinse your mouth with water, your hygienist may clean between the teeth using dental floss or tape.
The second part of a regular exam is when your doctor performs an oral exam.
During the oral exam, your doctor may check for or ask about any tooth pain or sensitivity, and note any abnormalities in the mouth that could require additional attention. If x-rays were taken, your doctor may look for decay, cavities, impacted teeth, or other problems.
If there is a problem, and treatment is required, you may have to schedule another appointment with your doctor before you leave the office.
It’s recommended that most people get a regular dental check-up every six months.
Regular dental exams are an important part of preventative healthcare.
If you need an exam, call your doctor’s office and make an appointment.
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Albee Family Dental is your best choice for local and experienced dental health professionals; With over 20 years experience, Dr Albee and her office are highly trained and skilled and totally committed to the oral health needs of your family. We take pride in our ability to provide the finest dental care available.
If you are interested in receiving high-quality dentistry from dentist who care about you and your family, please contact our office today to schedule your consultation.
Frequently Asked Questions
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How often should I brush & floss?
For most people, it’s recommended to;
Brush twice a day (once in the morning, and once before going to bed).
Flossing once a day.
Why is it important to use dental floss?
Flossing is important because it’s the best way to remove plaque, food debris, and bacteria on the sides of each and every tooth.
How can I prevent bad breath?
Brushing your tongue is the quickest route to a fresher breath.
While there can be many different reasons behind bad breath, for most healthy people, the most common cause is microbial deposits on the tongue. According to studies, you can reduce bad breath by 70% by brushing your tongue.
What can you do if my tooth is kicked out?
In order to “save your tooth”, you:
- Should handle the tooth by the crown and not by the roots.
- Should not scrub, use chemicals or soap, to clean the tooth. If necessary, rinse gingerly with water.
- Should bring the tooth with you to a dentist within half an hour.
However, the best advice is to avoid losing the tooth in the first place. Consider a mouthguard when engaging in contact sports, avoid physical altercations, and generally be nice to your teeth (brush them regularly and avoid chewing on gravel)!
How often should I have a dental exam & cleaning?
Generally, it’s advisable to have a dentist appointment every 6 months. Regular check-ups are an important part of preventative dental healthcare.
Do you take my insurance?
We accept all insurances and are participating providers with BCBS of WNY, Guardian, MetLife, Health Economics, and some Cigna plans. We’re also proud to participate in TriCare, which supports our military families.
Feel free to contact our office to verify that your insurance is accepted.
What can I do about stained or discolored teeth?
If you’re feeling self-conscious about your smile due to stained or discolored teeth, don’t worry. We have excellent options available.
One option is our custom trays with comfortable, thin, flexible trays made in our lab exclusively for you. Most patients see a dramatic change in as little as one to three days.
Alternatively, you can chose our disposable whitening gel trays which are pre-filled with whitening solutions. The latter option is an excellent solution should you wish to whiten your teeth on-the-go.
What can I do if I have missing teeth?
While you may feel self-conscious about missing a tooth or two, there are options available to you. From bridges to dentures to implants, there are alternatives to chose from.
Please don’t hesitate to give us a call and we’ll together find what’s best for your smile.
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