Sierra Dental recommends dental checkups and professional teeth cleanings to be done twice a year. These routine dental visits are essential for diagnosing, treating, and preventing dental diseases. Not only can it help keep the mouth in optimal health, but it also maintains the beauty of one’s smile.
Carry reading to learn more about dental checkups, including what to expect on your visit and how scheduling your, and your family’s regular checkups can help with oral health maintenance.
What happens during a dental checkup?
At Sierra Dental, we perform routine dental checkups comprehensively. In a 4-step procedure, our dentists and hygienists examine the mouth, note all recommended dental procedures to restore excellent oral health, perform professional teeth cleaning, and advise you of efficient dental health recommendations.
Comprehensive oral health examination
Checking the teeth, gums, tongue, and other oral tissues is vital during a dental checkup. All abnormalities are noted in a dental health chart.
Some points that your dentist or hygienist will need to look out for are:
Cavities on the teeth
Tooth stains and discolorations
Redness or bleeding of the gums
Mobility of the tooth
Pain or sensitivity
Your dentist or hygienist may also require a full mouth X-ray. This allows for a closer look at the bones surrounding your teeth. For kids, an X-ray also plays an important role in locating the incoming adult teeth. With this, possible teeth misalignments and the need for orthodontic treatment can be diagnosed early.
After a thorough dental chart is completed, professional teeth cleaning is carried out to remove plaque and tartar buildup. These are areas of bacteria accumulation that may contribute to several dental concerns, including gum and periodontal disease.
What happens during teeth cleaning?
Using a high-frequency ultrasonic scaler, dirt and foreign debris are scraped off all tooth surfaces. This also reaches underneath the gums to remove tartar on the tooth root. Then, a slurry of pumice is brushed against the teeth to eliminate surface stains. This leaves the smile polished, white, and clean.
After a dental cleaning, our dentist will explain the findings from your checkup. A treatment plan to restore your mouth to good health will include several steps, including general and restorative dentistry and prosthodontics.
At Sierra Dental, we are proud to offer a wide range of dental services to cater to the needs of all members of the family.
Aside from general dental procedures such as tooth extraction and white fillings, we are also home to expert dentists for treatment with:
Crowns and bridges
Root canal treatment
Depending on the procedures you need, our team of dental experts will explain your treatment options. With broad treatment choices according to varying lifestyles and budgets, Sierra Dental can definitely arrange a personalized treatment plan most suitable for you.
Dental health education
Lastly, before your appointment ends, dental education is very important. While it is recommended that you visit twice a year, this is only two days out of the 365 of the year. So, the rest of the days should be allotted for hygiene care and maintenance.
Some notes to be imparted include:
Proper brushing and flossing techniques
Efficient cleaning and methods for denture-wearers, orthodontics and implant patients
Ideal brushing habits for kids
Diet and nutrition for better oral health
Advise for oral health maintenance for pregnant women
With our helpful and friendly team, you and your family will surely find a place to call your dental home with Sierra Dental in Airdrie.
Early diagnosis for better treatment and prognosis
As they always say, “prevention is better than cure.” The same applies to dentistry. While some details may seem minute and insignificant to you, your dentist may think otherwise. This is why regular dental checkups are very important. Your dentist can catch budding problems and provide early treatment before the situation worsens.
Remember that the smaller the problem, the easier and less expensive the treatment is.
Early signs of gum disease include gums that are red and swollen. They also easily bleed when brushing your teeth. If not resolved, it will rapidly result in periodontal disease. This is an irreversible condition that may lead to mobility and loss of teeth.
Dental decay may start as a small, black stain on the tooth. But bacteria will eventually eat away the tooth and weaken it. This may form a hole in the tooth that will further fracture when chewing or biting. Some solutions to this problem include dental fillings. Cavities are drilled, and fillings are put in place to restore the tooth’s structure, function, and appearance.
Sometimes, dental pain can be so severe that it prevents you from going about your day. You may disregard sensitivity, but it can progress to intolerable pain when left untreated. A toothache can be diagnosed and treated early with an X-ray to determine the cause.
Bad oral habits such as teeth grinding may remain undetected unless a dentist checks your teeth. If the biting surfaces of your teeth are flat and worn off, it may be best to have your dentist prescribe you a nightguard. Otherwise, you may find yourself with a jaw joint problem and several broken teeth in the near future.
One-stop Dental Clinic in Airdrie
Sierra Dental in Airdrie is built upon a patient-centred practice where patients of all ages visit to experience quality dentistry. Sierra Dental is home to skilled dentists, genuine dental staff, modern equipment, and innovative oral health solutions. With us, you can find unparalleled dental care unlike any other in Airdrie.
Book an appointment today and discover dental care at its finest. Our team is looking forward to helping you achieve your best smile!
EVENING & WEEKEND APPOINTMENTS
We understand that you are busy and don’t always have time to visit a dentist for a routine checkup in the middle of your Monday. That’s why we offer extended hours from 7:00 AM to 8:30 PM Monday through Thursday.
We are also open all throughout the weekend. That’s right, we’re open every day of the week.
DIRECT BILLING TO INSURANCE PLANS
To support our clients, we offer direct billing, predeterminations of treatments, and financial arrangements to all our patients to ensure smooth and easy payment transactions.
PAYMENT PLANS & FINANCING AVAILABLE
We understand that dental services can be an unexpected expense. That’s why we offer flexible payment plans and options to suit our patients’ needs. Speak with one of our dental assistants to learn more.
At Sierra Dental, you will never struggle to find parking. Our clinics offer convenient parking options that are free of charge to our patients. It’s one more way we work to put a smile on your face.