What Happens During a Dental Check-Up?

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Want to know something that we hear more often than you think?

“I can’t remember the last time I had a check-up!”

Believe it or not, it’s not uncommon for our patients to tell us that they haven’t been to the dentist for years. So, it’s only natural that when you book in for a dental check-up and clean you’ll probably want to know exactly what to expect during your visit!

We understand that life gets crazy and it can be difficult to find time to visit a dental clinic, or you may suffer from fear of the dentist. Whatever the cause is, there’s no reason to feel embarrassed, guilty or ashamed, as our goal is to make you feel comfortable and ensure your teeth are in their best shape, no matter how long it’s been since you’ve taken a seat in a dental chair.

Here’s what to expect when you visit the dentist for a check-up and clean at Oasis Dental on the Gold Coast!

Dental Check-Up Process Summary

1. Before your visit

  • Booking your appointment
  • The week of your visit

2. During your appointment

  • Arrival
  • Meeting your dental assistant
  • Chat with your dentist
  • Cleaning
  • Examination
  • Dental x-rays
  • Treatment planning

3. Future appointments

  • Preventative dentistry
  • Further treatment
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1. Before your visit

Booking your appointment

When it comes to booking your appointment, there are a few options available. You can give one of our dental practices a call, where you’ll be able to chat to one of our lovely receptionists. You can discuss any questions you may have about your dental treatment so we can understand your needs and how we can best achieve your dental goals. They will work with you to find a convenient appointment time to suit your schedule, and get your personal details to create your patient record. Our caring reception team are the face of our business, and for good reason! Their genuine care, kindness and professionalism will be the very start of your outstanding experience with our practice.

If you find it hard to get a chance to call, you can also conveniently book online 24/7 on our website and view all of our available appointment times and dentists. This can make it much easier to check your upcoming schedule when you can sit down at a time that suits you. 

You’ll then receive an email with all of the information about your appointment so you’ve got the details on hand when it’s time for your visit.

The week of your visit

When your appointment is coming up, you’ll receive a reminder text message three days before your visit just in case your calendar has missed it, or you need to reschedule or have any questions about your appointment.

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2. During your appointment

Arrival

When you arrive at our Gold Coast dental clinic, you’ll meet one of our incredible receptionists who you may have had the pleasure of meeting over the phone when you first booked your appointment. If it’s your first visit, they’ll get you to fill out a new patient form to get a better understanding of your medical history before proceeding with any treatment. After you’ve checked in, you can then take a seat and relax. Feel free to help yourself to coffee or tea, or our friendly team will be happy to make a brew for you!

Meeting your dental assistant

When it’s time for your turn in the dental chair, one of our talented dental assistants will come and find you in the waiting room. They’ll introduce themselves as they guide you through to the treatment room, making you feel at ease before you even take a seat. 

The role of the dental assistant is extremely important, as they meticulously prepare the treatment room, dental equipment and instruments to the highest standards, assist your dentist and oral health therapist during treatment, and thoroughly clean and sanitise the room to ensure the highest level of health and safety for all staff and patients.

Chat with your dentist

You’ll then get to meet your dentist in your treatment room, where you’ll have a chat about your general and oral health before they take a look at your teeth. They’ll go through the medical history form you filled out on arrival, making sure they’re aware of any medications you’re taking, your allergies, past surgeries or treatments, and any other medical conditions or illnesses you may have. You’re completely free to express any concerns or worries you have about your teeth and health, or even if you have nerves about dental treatment, so we can get to know you and provide you with a personalised, comfortable experience. 

We have a variety of options  to help patients who suffer from dental anxiety, so if this is you, please don’t be afraid to tell us!

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Cleaning

Now your dentist has gotten to know you, it’s time to begin! First, they’ll give your teeth a thorough clean by getting rid of any plaque and tartar that has built up above and beneath the gum line, so they can get a better look at the condition of your teeth and gums during the dental examination.

After this, they’ll polish your teeth with special toothpaste on a spinning tool, which smooths the surface of the teeth. This will leave them feeling fresh and shiny, as well as helping prevent plaque from sticking to your teeth between your regular cleans.

Examination

Following your clean, your dentist will use a small mirror tool to take a look inside your mouth, keeping an eye out for:

  • Cavities
  • Gum swelling
  • Quality of your tooth enamel
  • Mouth ulcers
  • Size of periodontal pockets
  • Jaw alignment
  • Oral cancer

At the end, your dentist may also apply fluoride to the teeth to protect them against tooth decay and strengthen the enamel. You won’t be able to eat or drink for 20 minutes after this.
 

Dental x-rays

No matter how thorough your dentist is when completing your oral examination, there are certain aspects of your dental health that can only be seen on a dental x-ray. This involves taking pictures inside your mouth to see what’s happening between your teeth and below your gum line, to determine if there’s any bone loss, fractures or other issues.

Treatment planning

After getting a complete impression of your oral health, your dentist can then come up with a custom plan with you regarding how to best care for your teeth, which may involve suggestions to schedule future visits for necessary procedures, or a referral to another dental specialist for certain conditions to receive treatment.

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3. Future appointments

Preventative dentistry

As a part of your treatment plan, your dentist or oral health therapist will explain preventative dentistry. This just means we will recommend scheduling future regular checkups, as they are the best way to help identify and treat dental issues before they become worse, more painful and more expensive to treat. 

 

Preventative dentistry also involves a good oral hygiene routine at home, by brushing twice daily with fluoride toothpaste, flossing and using mouthwash to keep your teeth fresh and in their best condition. 

 

Further treatment

If you require further treatment aside from a regular check-up and clean, such as fillings, crowns, Invisalign, or dental implants, your dentist will let you know, so you can decide on the best course of action to suit your needs, time and budget.

 

For some patients, we refer you to a specialise such as an Orthodontist, Periodontist or Endodontist if you require highly specific treatment for your case.

 

Aside from treatment to improve the condition of your teeth, you can also discuss any aesthetic concerns you may have, with cosmetic dental treatments such as teeth whitening, veneers or facial injectables also potentially being suitable to help you create your dream smile. 

 

Finally, you’ll return to our reception team to finalise payment and schedule your future appointments, with several flexible payment plans being available to make future treatment more easily accessible. We want you to walk out feeling your absolute best and with the quality of your treatment exceeding your expectations, making you eager to return for your next appointment!

 

Oasis Dental Studio – Gold Coast Dentist

To come and experience the Oasis difference for yourself, feel free to get in touch with us today, or conveniently book an appointment online:

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