The Dental Visit and What to Expect
If you have not spent much time in a dental office, if you have not had an appointment with a dentist in a long, long time . you may now be wondering what to expect in regard to a visit to a dentist's office in the 21 st century. Through this article, you will be provided with a general overview of what you are likely to encounter on an appointment at your dentist's office.
Of course, you do need to keep in mind that each and every dental practice does differ. However, this article does give you a basic feel for what you can expect in regard to a visit to the office of your dentist.
The Dental Office Environment
In this day and age, the typical dentist is becoming more and more aware of the impact the office environment can and does have on a patient's experience in the dental office. As a result, a great deal of effort is being made to make the typical dental office as non-threatening and as comfortable as possible.
This includes everything from the choices that are made in regard to interior decorating and office furnishings to the music that is played throughout the dental office itself. Indeed, in order to further relax a patient, there are dental care providers that even offer videos that can be viewed by a patient during the course of a dental procedure.
When it comes to a dental visit, chances are in the world today that you will see a dental hygienist as part of your visit to the dental office. More and more often, the typical dentist does maintain a dental hygienist on his or her staff.
The dental hygienist will provide you with a thorough teeth cleaning. In addition, the dental hygienist (under the supervision of the dentist) will do a visual examination of your teeth and gums as a prelude to an examination by the dentist his or her self. The dental hygienist will be of great help in identifying any problems that may exist with your teeth or gums.
On an annual basis most dentists do x-ray your teeth and gums. While a good share of the dental problems that plague a typical patient can be visually identified on a manual inspection of a person's mouth, this is not always the case. As part of a comprehensive oral health care program, you likely will receive an x-ray during your visit to the dental office on at least an annual basis.
The Dental Exam
Of course, while at your dental office visit, your dentist will examine your teeth and gums closely. He or she will be on the lookout for disease, damage and other problems that may exist within your mouth. Through this process, your dentist will be able to recommend whether you will need any further dental care treatments or procedures beyond what you are receiving during that particular office visit.