Routine Dental Check-up
Usually people feel dental check-up is unnecessary investment of time and money and it is only when their is some dental pain or bleeding, do they think of a dentist. However, as its rightly said “PREVENTION IS BETTER THAN CURE ”, many major health problems can easily be diagnosed by just looking into the mouth and hence the importance of regular dental checkups.
Routine dental check-up helps with the prevention of disorders, diseases and conditions that affect the maxillo-facial region of the face, the teeth and gums. It also involves the diagnosis and treatment of these conditions, diseases and disorders thereby gearing towards general maintenance of dental health and oral hygiene. Because it is largely preventive, visits to a dentist help save patients from huge costs that would otherwise be incurred if serious dental conditions occur
More importantly, regular dental check-up can also helps patients with tobacco cessation and provide home care instructions and counselling on nutrition, good oral and general body health. Doctor would advice regarding dental problems and treatments during pregnancy and in cases where other conditions such as diabetes are involved and screen for serious conditions such as oral cancer. The personal treatment plan you get after the examination would serve as a road map to your dental and overall health.
Steps during a typical FIRST dental appointment:
1. Short medical /dental history questionnaire
2. Explaining your chief complaint and getting introduced to your doctors
3. Visual examination of mouth
4. Showing the condition to patient through intra-oral camera
5. Digital xrays with instant reports (if needed)
6. Periodontal probing
7. Preparation of diagnostic study models
8. Medications if necessary for the dental pain
1. SHORT MEDICAL /DENTAL HISTORY QUESTIONNAIRE
The first appointment would start with a questionnaire regarding patient’s present medical situation, previous surgeries - if any undertaken, any allergies all should be noted and recorded so that treatment plan and medications can be planned according to it and doctor can be well aware of patient’s situation before starting the treatment.
This questionnaire is crucial as uninformed dental treatment may lead to medical emergencies in some medically compromised patients.
2. EXPLAINING YOUR CHIEF COMPLAINT AND GETTING INTRODUCED TO YOUR DOCTORS
The doctor would ask the patient to explain his/her problem or reason for visiting the clinic in his/her own words. The patient would explain his problems and reason of concern communicate with the doctor and discuss the fears with the doctor openly if possible at the very first appointment.
3. VISUAL EXAMINATION OF MOUTH
Proper oral examination would be done to check and relate to patient’s chief complaint. A thorough check-up would be conducted for:
dental decay/infectious tooth
tartar or any deposits
bleeding gums /gum problems or any other intra oral lesion
4. SHOWING THE CONDITION TO PATIENT THROUGH INTRA-ORAL CAMERA
5. DIGITAL XRAYS REPORTS (if needed)
To diagnose the patinet’s present condition X-ray reports can be generated in the clinic premises itself using state of the art digital technology to capture and instantly generate reports – RVG equipment.
Some conditions can’t be diagnosed with small intra-oral X-rays, for them bigger extra-oral X-rays (OPG) are prescribed.
6. PERIODONTAL PROBING
To clinically examine the periodontal condition and decay of complete teeth set and the gums so as to reach to proper diagnosis and treatment plan specific to the patient.
7. PREPARATION OF DIAGNOSTIC STUDY MODELS
8. MEDICATIONS FOR THE DENTAL PAIN (IF NECESSARY)
Necessary medications for the present dental situation would be prescribed keeping in mind the patients dental/medical history etc.
Thus the first appointment helps the doctor get informed about patient’s dental situation as well as plan dental treatment.
If you wish to fix an appointment for dental consultancy at Sneha Dental Care (contact us); you may call the reception and fix an appointment. If you wish to know more details about dental checkups and procedures and in particular to your condition feel free to call us at: +91-9429284575 or mail us your queries on email@example.com and we will get back to you as soon as we can.