Most Canadians, who go to the dentist for the first time, are unaware of the procedures that they will undergo during their visit. In this article, we shed some light on these procedures, so that they will have a clear idea of what they will face.
This is HOW it goes!
First, you’ll meet the receptionist. The receptionist coordinates your appointments and payments, tells you when it’s your turn to see the dentist in the surgery room and let you know if another appointment is required. There are several dentists around Montreal, but you will have to decide who is the best one to look after your teeth. Once you’ve selected a dentist, you will have to take an appointment before you get to visit his or her office. The dentist will need to know about your medical history, i.e. any medical problems like arthritis, diabetes, etc., or medications and changes of medical condition, like pregnancy. It is a pre-requisite to keep your dentist informed of any health issues to avoid any complications. Even though there are many capable dentists around Montreal, Brossard dentists may be the best for you.
Professional dentists take care of all oral hygiene, as well as all other dental problems. The dental hygienist will carry out a thorough cleaning after recording your complete medical history. During the cleaning, they first scrap off the built-up plaque and tartar that has collected along the gum line along both jaws. Thereafter, they floss between and around each and every tooth, and remove any residual plaque or food particles that have been left behind after the scrapping, also called scaling. The last step in the cleaning process is polishing your teeth, which is done using a tooth polisher with a small rotating brush and some slightly abrasive paste. This gives a smooth and shiny finish to your teeth. This whole procedure is called the ‘scale and polish.’
After that, an examination of the teeth and mouth is carried out with a small angled mirror to see behind and between the teeth and gums, to check for any swelling of the gum areas, softening tooth enamel, mouth sores, redness, and visible dentine. Then your mouth’s periodontal pockets (the spaces between the top of the gum line and where the gum tissue firmly ties to the tooth) will be measured. Pockets deeper than 3 millimeters are a sign of gum disease and need to be closely monitored.
Dental X-rays of your mouth and teeth may also be required in order to look for any issues below the surface like bone loss, fractures or any other abnormality such as oral cancer or issues with jaw alignment or teeth grinding. Brossard dentists recommend digital X-rays that are time saving, economic and, above all, the safest for you.
After your dental examination, your dentist will let you know clearly what is going on in your mouth and will advise you about the next steps. You may be asked to schedule another appointment for a procedure or you may be advised about what to do at home for your oral care. You should listen to and act on this advice to ensure that your next check-up shows an improvement. You may also be advised to schedule a routine dental check-up for six months in the future.