Many people may feel nervous about visiting the dentist, but a dental exam or cleaning doesn’t have to be something to avoid. Dentists and dental hygienists work hard to ensure that your experience will be as comfortable and pleasant as possible, even if it’s an emergency visit. Here are some good things you can expect at the dentist.
Your First Visit
If it is your first visit to the dentist, or you haven’t been for a long time, your dentist may go over your history with you. If you have records from another office, it can be helpful to let the front desk at your new dentist’s office know before your appointment so that they can have them sent over in time for your new dentist to review them.
What to Expect at the Dentist for a Routine Exam
For a routine exam one thing you can expect at the dentist is that it will include an exam, and may include x-rays, especially at your first visit. The exam may consist of the Dentist taking a look at your teeth using special tools to help them see every angle of your teeth. Your dentist may also take measurements of your gums to see if they are swollen which may be a sign of gum disease. After looking at your x-rays and noting the measurements of your gums, your dentist may talk to you about things you can do to improve your oral health at home or any procedures that need to be done usually on another visit to the dental office.
What to Expect at the Dentist for a Dental Cleaning
A dental assistant or the dental hygienist may cover your chest with a waterproof shield and may offer you eye protection or you may ask to opt to wear your own glasses or sunglasses. The dental hygienist will use special tools to scrape off plaque and tartar from your teeth. To be more gentle, they may also use a high pressure water tool to remove any buildup from under the gumline. Afterwards, they may polish your teeth with flavored polish and then floss your teeth and any dental appliances.
Your jaw may get tired from holding your mouth open throughout the procedure. Your gums may also feel slightly sensitive, especially if you haven’t been to the dentist in a while. If you experience any discomfort, let your dentist know so that they can note any sensitivity and be extra gentle or you can take a break to rest if needed. One thing you can expect at the dentist, is for the staff to be responsive listeners who will help you find ways to make the most of your visit.
Call your dentist for more information
If you still have questions about what to expect at the dentist, such as a specific concern or procedure, or if you’re experiencing any sign of a dental emergency like pain, swelling, extra sensitivity or an injury to a tooth, call your dentist as soon as possible to ask for more information. It’s important to not put off any dental care, whether it’s an emergency or routine visit.
Call our Austin Dental Offices to make an appointment with a dentist who may be able to help you find out more about this topic, and improve your oral health.