The Benefits of Your Dental Checkup

Visiting Cornerstone Dental every six months is important for maintaining good oral health. Checkups allow for a professional to inspect your mouth for any problems so that you can take appropriate preventive or treatment measures to avoid serious complications.

In the absence of gum disease, your checkup and cleaning might be scheduled together. These are common agenda items for preventive dental visits:

Cleaning: A hygienist will use special tools to remove tartar from your teeth. An ultrasonic treatment might be instituted, or she may use the traditional handheld cleaning tool. The hygienist will also polish your teeth with a rotating brush to remove stains and plaque. The professional cleaning is more powerful than your daily at-home brushing and flossing, and it lets someone else clean those hard-to-reach places you can’t get to at home.

X-rays: We may want to take an x-ray of your teeth and jaws to look for potential problems. We use state-of-the-art technology for precise images. X-rays show us early signs of tooth decay and gum disease. The earlier we can spot it, the earlier we can treat it. The images can also show problems inside teeth or with teeth position, teeth roots, and jawbone.

Examination: Along with x-rays, a professional examination by Dr. Ryan Hussong helps us look for problems. He will assess your teeth, gums, and mouth to look for problem areas, like soft enamel, cavities, or signs of oral cancer. Dr. Hussong will use a special mirror to get a complete view of the inside of your mouth.

Education: Dr. Hussong and our team attend dentistry education courses to provide you with contemporary, minimally invasive treatment options. Also, at your checkup, we can educate you about your mouth. We will discuss your dental problems, recommend solutions, and show you how to take care of your smile. This gives you a chance to know what’s going on inside your mouth.

Communication: We encourage you to ask questions. Your personal dental care plan will address your unique concerns and needs. Let us know if you’re nervous or have dental anxiety. We want you to feel as comfortable as possible. Also, if you’ve noticed any changes in your mouth, including pain, bleeding, or sensitivity, don’t be afraid to point out your troublesome area. We’ll make sure you leave the office healthy and confident.

Procedures: After an examination at your bi-annual checkup, we may ask you to come back for treatment. If we need to restore your cavity, treat your gum disease, or fix a cracked tooth, we can help you with fillings, crowns, root canals, bonding, or other restoration techniques. In addition, if you want to beautify your smile with whitening or veneers, our cosmetic treatments will improve your appearance.

Your visit to Cornerstone Dental will include a personal assessment of your mouth to keep your smile clean and healthy. Call us in Polk City, IA at (515) 984-6001 to schedule your dental checkup.