In a perfect world, patients should visit the dentist at least twice each year. The reality though is that months can sometimes stretch into years, whether it is due to a dental phobia, lack of insurance, or the busyness of life. If it has been a while since your last trip to the dentist, here are a few things to expect when you come back.
Don’t be Embarrassed
Those who have not been to the dentist in some time often become embarrassed by the condition of their mouth and teeth, and hesitate to come in as a result. If you are feeling embarrassed, we want you to know that this is nothing to be ashamed of. We will not judge you or talk down to you, but instead will help you get back on track again.
The Check-in Process
You are probably already anxious about seeing the dentist after a long hiatus, and these few steps should ensure your first visit is as stress free as possible. Arrive a few minutes early and have your insurance information readily available. Depending on how long it has been since your last visit, you might need to fill out some additional paperwork much like a new patient would.
Your health information may also have changed since your last exam. If so, please inform us if you have any underlying medical conditions such as an autoimmune or bleeding disorder, as well as a list of medications you are currently taking.
During Your Visit
We will likely need a set of x-rays to determine the exact condition of your mouth. Taking dental x-rays is easier than ever before, so we believe you will be pleasantly surprised at how smooth this process goes.
After taking x-rays, you will then be placed in a dental chair so that a hygienist can perform your cleaning. If you are nervous about this procedure, please let someone know so that we can provide you with something to help calm your nerves.
Your dental cleaning may take a bit longer than usual, since plaque and tartar have had more time to accumulate. In some cases, we might not be able to remove all plaque and tartar during a single session, and may therefore schedule you for a follow-up appointment. You could also require a follow-up appointment if you require a deep scaling and root planing procedure to remove plaque from below the gum line-something that could also be needed to help you manage periodontal disease.
After your cleaning, you will be given further instructions on caring for your teeth and gums between visits. Should your x-rays reveal cavities or another dental issue, we will schedule an appointment at a later date so that you can have that problem resolved.
Have you been putting off visiting the dentist? If so, now is the time make an appointment here at Bright Dentistry. There’s no better time than the present to improve your oral health, so please go ahead and contact us while you are still thinking about it.