What Happens During a Routine Dentist Appointment?

Hey there San Antonio! Welcome back to the ongoing dental health blog of Advanced Dental Associates. We like to use this blog to highlight some of the more complex restorative and cosmetic procedures offered at our comfortable and modern office. However, we understand that not all patients are familiar with what happens during a routine appointment.

We want to ensure patients who have never visited our office to feel comfortable. Even if you’ve never visited the dentist before, our caring staff can help make you feel at ease. We’ve found that explaining dental work before we perform it often alleviates the dental phobias of our patients. So in today’s post, we want to detail how a routine appointment proceeds at Advanced Dental Associates in San Antonio, TX.

One of the most important ways to ensure your overall oral health is to undergo regular preventative care. Professional dental cleanings play a huge role into helping prevent tooth decay and gum disease. No matter who often or well you brush and floss your teeth, there are hidden and hard to reach places you are unable to reach on your own. A professional cleaning helps clean every hidden nook and cranny of your mouth.

The American Dental Association recommends undergoing a professional teeth cleaning every six months. During a teeth cleaning, we remove deposits of plaque and dental tartar. Plaque is an acidic film of bacteria that builds up on your teeth every time you eat. Plaque can sometimes harden into dental tartar, which is impossible to remove without professional help. Plaque and dental tartar erode the enamel of your teeth; this erosion directly contributes to the development of cavities, tooth decay, and gum disease.

If you’re having your teeth cleaned every six months, plaque generally will not have sufficient time to erode your teeth. But if you miss a teeth cleaning, plaque and dental tartar can wreak havoc on your oral health. Even if you’ve never visited the dentist before, it’s never to late to start caring for the health of your smile! Schedule an appointment at Advanced Dental Associates in San Antonio, TX, so we can remove harmful plaque and tartar from your teeth.

A routine appointment begins with a dental exam, which is an actual physical examination of your teeth. We may also take x-rays to get a better look at your overall dental health. Your teeth will then by cleaned by one of our amazing dental hygienist. Your hygienist will clean plaque from your teeth, polish your your teeth, and provide fluoride treatments to strengthen your enamel.

If you’re a new patient at Advanced Dental Associates in San Antonio, TX, we take a few more steps to examine your oral health. We will perform a complete set of x-rays on your teeth. This step is followed by several exams; we will screen you from TMJ disorders, oral cancer, and gum disease.

Your first appointment will give us an accurate overview of your oral health. We can also start to plan your treatments if you need restorative or cosmetic work on your teeth. We’ll also provide advice on how to keep your teeth healthy and looking great. We may also recommend a few additional treatments to ensure your oral health against the threat of tooth decay.

We may recommend having a dental sealant placed on your teeth. A dental sealant is plastic resin material which we use to seal the biting surface of your molars. Dental sealants help cover some of the vulnerable deeps spots of your teeth which are impossible to reach when you brush. We often recommend dental sealants for adolescents who are developing their adult teeth.

We also offer two types of fluoride treatments at Advanced Dental Associates in San Antonio, TX. Fluoride treatments are used to strengthen enamel with has been damaged by plaque. We offer fluoride trays and fluoride trays. We generally recommend undergoing a fluoride treatment every six months.

Make An Appointment

Routine dental appointments are necessary to ensure your teeth remain healthy. Routine dental appointments also help avoid the need for restorative dental work later in your life. At Advanced Dental Associates in San Antonio, TX, we want to treat you even if it’s been years since you visited the dentist. Schedule an appointment today by calling us at 210-819-5233.


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