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What happens at a dental check-up?

Woman's teeth getting checked-up by dentist

Regular dental check-ups are crucial for maintaining your oral health. If you’re scheduled for a dental check-up and wondering what to expect, this guide will walk you through the typical procedures and what you can anticipate during your visit.


Initial Examination

  1. Medical History Review: The dentist will review your medical history to understand any conditions that might affect your dental health. They may ask about any new symptoms or changes since your last visit.

  2. Discussion of Concerns: You’ll have an opportunity to discuss any dental concerns or symptoms you’ve been experiencing. This could include tooth pain, sensitivity, bleeding gums, or cosmetic issues.

  3. Physical Examination: The dentist will conduct a thorough examination of your mouth. This includes checking your teeth, gums, tongue, and the inside of your cheeks. They’ll look for signs of decay, gum disease, and other oral health issues.

  4. Oral Cancer Screening: As part of your check-up, the dentist will also screen for signs of oral cancer. This involves examining the tissues in your mouth and neck for any unusual lumps or lesions.


Diagnostic Tests

Scan of teeth and gums
  1. Dental X-Rays: If necessary, the dentist may take dental X-rays to get a clearer view of your teeth and jawbone. X-rays help detect issues that aren’t visible during the physical examination, such as cavities between teeth, impacted teeth, or bone loss.

  2. Periodontal Assessment: The dentist may measure the depth of the pockets around your teeth to check for gum disease. Healthy pockets are usually shallow, while deeper pockets can indicate gum disease.


Treatment Planning

  1. Discussion of Findings: The dentist will discuss the results of the examination and any diagnostic tests. They’ll explain any issues they’ve found and recommend treatment options.

  2. Treatment Recommendations: If you need treatment, such as fillings, crowns, or gum disease therapy, the dentist will outline the procedures and provide a treatment plan. They’ll discuss the costs and, if applicable, schedule future appointments.

  3. Preventive Advice: The dentist will provide advice on maintaining good oral hygiene at home. This includes tips on brushing, flossing, and dietary habits that can affect your dental health.


Get expert advice

Hampton Dental Care is your go-to private dentist practice for dental services. Look no further for dentists in Liverpool as we offer general and cosmetic dentistry, hygiene treatments, emergency dentistry and free child dentistry.


Contact us today to arrange your next check-up or book online 24 hours a day.



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