How Often Should You Get a Check-up?

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At Aperture Dental, we firmly believe in the importance of regular dental check-ups for all our Sunnybank Hills patients.

It goes without saying that the best way to deal with any dental concerns is as soon as possible. Diagnosing any issues early is key in treating them effectively. Some people brush and floss every day and think ‘why see a dentist?’ and the answer is a simple one, you are not a dentist. Nobody is qualified to diagnose themselves, especially in a field as specialised as dentistry. Periodic dental check-ups are the sure-fire way to ensure you maintain your oral health and we are passionate about providing you with the very highest standards of care and treatment to help you achieve that.

By coming in regularly we can not only help to correct common dental problems but also ones that may otherwise go under the radar. Gum disease, for example, has very mild symptoms and patients may only become aware of its effects once it’s too far down the line to treat. At Aperture Dental we will give you a thorough examination and stop any problems at their source.

Your Comprehensive Dental Examination

Your comprehensive dental check-up will start with us getting to know you and your dental history, so we can gather enough information in order to tailor a treatment plan that will best suit your needs. Upon registration, you may be asked about your medical history and some personal details as well as any allergies, conditions or medications you may be taking. As part of your comprehensive dental check-up, we will investigate not only your teeth but everything that pertains to your oral health including

·       gums

·       jaw joints and muscles

·       tongue

·       cheeks

·       palate

·       signs of disease or infection

Additionally, we will also observe your tooth’s shape, size and shade as well as your smile line and gingival biotype. We might take a few photos and x-rays for our records and to properly examine the details of your smile. We will then discuss the nature of your treatment plan and set-up any future appointments that may be needed, as well as the cost of the treatments that you’ll receive from Aperture Dental.

We will provide you with scaling and polishing, fluoride treatment, fillings or impressions. If not, we will simply make another appointment and begin your treatment.

Scaling and Polishing Treatment

When you visit us for your routine six-monthly dental check-ups and as part of your initial examination, chances are you’re going to need a professional cleaning. This includes a scaling and polishing treatment that will have your teeth looking and feeling as clean as they can be.

Scaling is usually required when there is a build-up of calculus which is a hardened form of plaque that stubbornly sticks to your teeth and under your gums. It’s not easily removed by brushing if at all and is normally found on the inside of your lower-front incisors and upper-back molars. If this is your first dental check-up for a while, the session may take a little longer than usual but once it’s done we can clean your teeth relatively easily. After your scaling is done we can move onto polishing your precious pearly whites and we do this to remove any remaining plaque. Teeth polishing can also be used to remove any stains and is done by using an instrument very similar to an electric toothbrush.

When you come to the practice for your check-up we will make sure that you are as comfortable as possible and will take the time to listen to any other questions or concerns you may have. Click here to book in your dental check-up and clean with our team today!