What Can You Expect If You Haven’t Seen a Dentist in a Long Time?
If it has been a long time since your last dentist appointment, the thought of getting back into the chair can be a little overwhelming. The good news is that you’re not alone. Patients return to the dentist every day after having stayed away for extended periods, so your dentist won’t be shocked or waiting to scold you. Here is what you can expect when you take the first step to getting back on track with your oral health and make an appointment with the dentist.
If you haven’t seen the dentist for an extended period of time, there is a good chance that radiographs may be needed to properly assess your oral health. Radiographs let your dentist see what is happening inside your teeth and along the bones in your jaw, so that he or she can spot signs of oral health problems. Radiographs are helpful in diagnosing cavities, periodontal disease, pathology, and other issues that need to be treated to preserve your long-term oral health.
Your dentist will perform a comprehensive oral exam to look for tooth decay, gum disease, signs of oral cancer, and other potential risks to your health. He or she may recommend treatments, such as fillings or root canals, as needed. This is a good time to ask your dentist questions about what you should be doing to improve your oral health.
Getting your teeth and gums clean will typically be the first major focus after your initial examination. If you haven’t had a dental cleaning in a long time, there is a good chance that you will have tartar built up on your teeth and/or under your gums. Tartar can only be removed in your dentist’s office with special instruments. Your dentist or hygienist will ensure you are comfortable through the tartar removal process, and take any steps necessary to insure and comfortable visit.
At the office of John Carson, DDS, we’re committed to helping patients feel comfortable, whether they’re regulars in the office or have been staying away from the dentist in recent years. Make your appointment with a Tucson dentist by calling (520) 514-7203.