08 Jan, 2016
How often do you need a dental check-up is a question that always comes to mind, besides wondering what it might entail. Your dentist will decide how often he needs to see you based on the condition of your mouth, teeth and gums. You may need to visit every three months, but if you have no current problems, you need only visit once in two years. However, children under the age of 18 should be seen by a dentist at least once a year.
Visiting your dentist regularly ensures that problems are detected and treated early, before they become too serious. It helps to keep your mouth, teeth and gums healthy.
During a check-up, the dentist will:
Dental treatments involve fillings, teeth cleaning or scaling and tooth extraction. In some cases, X-rays may be needed to check the condition of your teeth and jaw bone. Some of the routine treatments done at our clinics are as follows:
A bridge is a replacement for a missing tooth or teeth. It is usually made of either metal or porcelain and fixed permanently in your mouth.
A crown is a metal, or porcelain cap that covers a real tooth completely. It is fitted when there is either a broken or damaged tooth due to decay, or simply for cosmetic reasons.
Fillings are used to repair a hole in a tooth caused by decay. The most common type of filling is an amalgam made from a mixture of metals like silver. Your dentist will recommend the filling best suited for you. In some cases, white fillings may be considered most appropriate.
Root canal treatment is done to address the problem of infection at the centre of a tooth - the root canal. Your dentist will remove the infection from inside the root canal system. The root canal is filled and the tooth is sealed with a filling or crown to stop it from becoming infected again. Root canal treatment usually requires two or three visits to the clinic.
Scaling and polishing involve a thorough cleaning of your teeth where the dentist also carefully removes the tartar build up on the teeth. The results of a good, professional cleaning are quite spectacular.
Braces are given to straighten crooked teeth to improve appearance and the bite. Although growing children are ideal candidates for getting braces, adult braces are increasingly becoming popular. Apart from improving your smile, braces also improve your general dental health by reducing the chances of cavities and tooth decay.
Wisdom teeth are molars which erupt in your late teens and 20s. Because of lack of space, the teeth can sometimes come out at an angle or get stuck, erupting only partially. These teeth are then called impacted teeth. Wisdom teeth that don't erupt properly can sometimes be painful or create complications, and it becomes necessary to remove them.
Made from metal or plastic, false teeth or dentures are fitted in place of natural teeth. A full set is used to replace all your teeth or a partial set to replace one or more missing teeth. Dentures are custom-made using impressions (mouldings) from your gums.
Loss of teeth can cause the mouth to shrink to a degree that it can no longer support dentures. It this case, the dentist may recommend implants. Implants are fixed whereas dentures are removable.
Teeth whitening and Dental veneers are usually cosmetic procedures where the dentist uses techniques to bleach your teeth to make them a lighter colour.
Taking care of your teeth is as important as taking care of your health. You should visit a dentist for a complete checkup at least once a year. Visit www.hclhealthcare.in or call 1800-103-7070 and book an appointment now.