Heritage Dental Group is dedicated to promoting good dental health to both children and adults, so they have the best chance to achieve a beautiful, healthy smile for life.
Regular dental check-ups can prevent the need for major dental work in the future and is far more cost effective than allowing problems to go on undetected.
It is almost never too early to get into the healthy habit of six-monthly dental visits. Children as young as three years of age are advised to visit the dentist for a regular check-up and clean so that they become familiarised with their local Dental Care Centre to help maximise their chances of achieving lifelong dental health.
What happens at a Dental Check-Up?
The dentist and dental assistant will introduce themselves and ask if you have any specific concerns or issues with your teeth, gums or appearance of your smile. Next they will assess the current condition of your teeth and gums.
The dentist may request that digital dental x-rays be taken of your teeth and gums during your check-up.
There are three types of x-rays that your dentist may suggest:
- Small Dental X-Ray – for individual teeth
- OPG – a full mouth x-ray
- 3-D Cone Beam X-Ray – shows very fine detail of all structures of the jaw in a three dimensional view
For more extensive treatment planning, the dentist may obtain study models of upper and lower teeth and/or digital photographs of your face and teeth.
As part of your ongoing dental maintenance program, your dentist may offer a scale and clean to remove tartar build-ups. A professionally applied fluoride application will assist in reduction of dental decay and decrease the sensitivity of your teeth.