What Happens at Dental Consultation
Why Dental consultation is important in every 6 months
Dental consultation is totally non-invasive visit. During consultation, you can discuss any issues that are you are experiencing, concerns, and treatment options. You can express your anxieties and fear and curiosities about dental work done, this the time to express your thought and expectation. Your dentist will be able to satisfy your concerns by explaining how particular procedures work and reassuring you that they are not really as bad as you think and give you best smile beyond your expectation.
Most dental problems have a variety of possible solutions. You should choose your approach based on your budget, comfort level, and cosmetic desires. If you’re scheduling dental restoration, you’ll find that there are both direct and indirect options available. A direct restoration restores the existing tooth by inserting a filling material into the damaged area. Tooth fillings are available in several materials. You can have a cavity filled with gold, silver amalgam, porcelain, plastic, composite resin, or a glass ionomer.
During your consultation, your dentist will help you explore all the options available to you. He or she will ask leading questions to help you determine which approach is best for your personal needs. You deserve to get the care and treatment that’s the best fit for you.
Take radiographs (X-rays) or if needed carry out other diagnostic procedures
X-rays aren’t always needed during your routine dental exam. Your dentist may be able to fully examine your whole mouth without the need for x-rays. However, if you do need them, here are some details about when they might be required and what’s involved.
There are two main types of x-rays for the oral area, namely
- Intraoral – the x-ray film is inside the mouth
- Extraoral – the x-ray film is outside the mouth
Which one is used is dependent on exactly what the dentist needs to see.
Intraoral x-rays are used to reveal decay between teeth, the presence or effects of gum disease or infections, the stability of restorations like crowns and bridges and also to check that there are no problems around or underneath your fillings.
Extraoral x-rays taken from outside the mouth to give a more complete image of your teeth, gums and all the associated structures, and are used to diagnose problems with the whole jaw (orthodontics and endodontics) and to also check the success of surgery such as implants.
X-rays can sometimes also be useful for kids, helping us to determine how a child’s permanent (adult) teeth are likely to position, and predict any issues with the appearance of wisdom teeth.
But as we’ve said, you don’t always need an x-ray, and because of the cumulative effect of radiation we don’t x-ray your mouth unless we feel it’s absolutely necessary. That said, the information we get from x-rays can help us to predict and treat a huge range of dental and oral problems.
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