When it comes to general dentistry, many patients dread going to the dentist’s office. At Wambaugh Dental, our team only wants to help. We promise to make your dental appointment as comfortable as possible. Are you ready to go to the dentist? Contact Wambaugh Dental online or call 844.508.1034 to find out about all the services we offer to our clients.
Before Your Dentist’s Appointment
Going to the dentist is an essential part of taking care of your health, so book a dental appointment if you need to get your gums and teeth checked. Remember that if you’ve avoided your dentist, you’ll need to stay longer in their chair once you do come in for a visit. To make the experience better for you, plan to go to the dentist when you have time off from school or work. You may ask for an end-of-day appointment so you can go home right after.
If you have dental insurance, make sure that the dentist you’re seeing is in-network before making an appointment. If you don’t have insurance, you can ask ahead of time how much you should plan to pay. On the day of your visit, get there early to fill out paperwork or turn it in before going if the forms are available online.
What Is the Process of a Dental Visit?
The process of a dental visit depends on certain circumstances. On your first visit to a general dentistry office, they will have you fill out forms and ask you about your full health history. If you’re changing dentists, it might help to have a copy of your previous dental records that you can give your current dentist. On subsequent visits, make sure to tell them if your health status has changed – even if you think it has nothing to do with your gums and teeth.
Most dental visits at a general dentistry office are going to be checkups. Ideally, you should schedule these regular checkups every six months, so your teeth stay healthy. Seeing your dentist at least twice a year will also help prevent painful dental problems from developing.
Here’s the typical process of a dental visit or checkup:
- Checking in: Reception will let you know if you fill up any forms or need to show your ID and dental insurance card.
- Teeth cleaning: Checkups will often include a complete cleaning of your teeth done by your dentist or a dental hygienist.
- Thorough examining: After the teeth cleaning, your dentist will examine your mouth, particularly paying attention to your gums and teeth.
- They will look for signs of disease and other problems that might affect your oral health.
- Further scheduling: If treatment is required for problems your dentist has found through examination, you need to schedule an appointment
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Sometimes, your dentist may also recommend that you get some X-rays done. Your age, risks of developing diseases, symptoms you might already have, and their examination of your gums and teeth are factors that can lead to this. X-rays can show abscesses, cysts or tumors, damage to jawbones, decay between teeth, impacted teeth.
These conditions are all things that a dentist could miss during an examination while you’re sitting in their chair.
Remember that you can ask your dentists about your oral health, too. If you need advice or are thinking of trying out over-the-counter products, your dentist can help you make a decision that’s in line with your dental care.
What Does General Dentistry Cover?
Your primary care dental provider should be a general dentist, dental professionals that have earned either a doctor of dental medicine (DMD) or a doctor of dental surgery (DDS) degree. There’s no difference between these two degrees in terms of what they learn. Some dental schools award one degree, while others choose the other. To be a dental specialist, a dentist has to go through additional post-graduate training.
At a general dentistry office, the dentist manages the overall oral health care of their patients. They diagnose and treat any problems, including bridges, crowns, fillings, gum care, root canals, veneers, and preventative education.
How Often Should You Schedule Dental Hygiene Treatments?
A dental hygienist will scrape below your gum line during a dental hygiene treatment to remove built-up plaque and tartar. These can cause bad breath, cavities, gum disease, and other problems. After this, they can also floss and polish your teeth.
As mentioned above, twice a year is usually enough to ensure that you have healthy and clean teeth and gums. Most dental insurance will also likely cover teeth cleaning every six months. If you need to go back more often, your dentist will let you know.
Learn About Wambaugh Dental’s Services
For more than 37 years, Dr. William Wambaugh has been providing Texas residents with general dentistry and cosmetic dentistry services. Contact the Wambaugh Dental team online or call 844.508.1034 to learn more.