The importance of dental check-ups: what do you need to do

Dental check-ups: we often think we have a healthy mouth because we feel no pain or we don’t detect any imperfections/cavities and consequently we don’t go very often nor regularly to the dentist for a check-up.

In doing so we neglect problems in their initial stage, as most of the disease are asymptomatic, which can worsen and turn into much more serious pathologies.

It is very common for plaque and tartar to accumulate on the inside surface of lower incisors, which is not easily perceptible but if not removed in time it can cause strong inflammation on the periodontium, above all on the gums and in the worst scenario can also reach the socket bone to which it is anchored the root.

Cavities are also an asymptomatic phenomenon at first stage often because painless, which allows patients think they can live with it and simply do not care about them. However, dental caries almost never heal on their own, indeed over time it is easy to increase the amount of tooth decay, which will require a much more invasive mandatory dental operation.

For all these reasons it is important to carry out a periodic dental check-up at your dentist’s.

How often to visit the dentist.

By going to the dentist every 6 months, the patients are able to treat straightaway the first symptoms of a pathology, which can sometimes be latent.

The check-up is a visit that requires time and expertise. It is one of the most important steps in order to define the patient’s treatment plan. The dentist verifies the appearance and functioning of all the components of the mouth to identify possible inflammations, infections, traumas, caries, fractures, old fillings, damaged prostheses and no longer healthy teeth.

During the visit it is also essential to investigate the position of the teeth, their occlusion and their functionality (mastication, phonation, aesthetics, etc.). It is also important to check areas of the mouth that are hidden or covered, such as interdental spaces, periodontal pockets and bone thickness.

Thanks to the panoramic scanning dental X-ray it is possible to determine potential granulomas and cysts inside the bone and in view of more complex interventions it is possible to precisely identify the sufficient quantity of bone to potentially realize an implant.

Sometimes the clinician may decide not to make the patient pay for a check-up but it is important to reiterate the concept: free is not synonymous with carelessness. The first visit and the various periodic check-ups help the patient save money and improve the functionality and aesthetics of his mouth.

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