Three Questions to Ask at Your Next Dental Appointment

Three Questions to Ask at Your Next Dental Appointment

It’s recommended that you visit your dentist twice a year. These appointments are important for getting your teeth clean of the plaque and tartar that has built up since your last dental cleaning and for allowing your dentist to check on the health of your teeth and gums. To make the most of your next appointment, here are a few questions you may want to ask.

How can dental sedation help me?

For most people, visiting the dentist isn’t their favorite way to spend a morning, but they are able to make the necessary trip. If, however, you are one of many patients who experiences high anxiety when the dentist is mentioned, you may be tempted to skip an appointment or two – to the detriment of your oral health. You may benefit from dental sedation, which comes in several forms and can greatly help to ease anxiety. Available in strengths ranging from mild (laughing gas) to strong (IV sedation), sedation can be administered by your qualified dentist to suit your needs.

Are dental implants right for me?

A missing tooth can be not just inconvenient, but could also affect your oral health, allowing the remaining teeth to move around and change your bite. Dental bridges and dentures are effective at replacing teeth as they will restore function and appearance to your smile, but dental implants will provide more stability and last longer. They offer the added benefit of supporting your bone structure to prevent bone recession. Implants can be used to replace single or multiple teeth. Talk with your dentist to see if the procedure would be beneficial for you.

Should I be screened for oral cancer?

Like many other illnesses and diseases, oral cancer is most easily and successfully treated when it is detected early. Oral cancer screenings can be the key to preserving your oral health. If any signs of oral cancer are detected during your appointment, we will refer you to the necessary specialists to have the problem treated.

Regular dental appointments are important to maintaining good oral health. It also helps to have a few questions to prepare yourself for your dental visit.

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