Ten Dental Services Your Mouth Can't Do Without

A person’s mouth is the home of a wide assortment of bacteria that are just waiting to develop into something more detrimentally meaningful. People have to keep up with frequent dental visits to ensure that those bacteria aren’t winning the daily fight. The recommended number of times that one should visit a dentist each year is two, but three to four are even better. The following is a list of the 10 most essential dental services to a person’s dental health: 


1. Examining 


Examining is a process that includes X-rays and consultations. The participating dentist usually looks at the X-rays and then speaks with the patient about the teeth’s condition. He or she may also do a finger examination on the person’s teeth.

 

2. Monitoring 


Monitoring is the process of scheduling repeat visits for examinations so that the dentist can check the patient’s teeth to see how they are progressing. Keeping up with examinations is an essential part of dentistry.

 

 

3. Teeth Cleaning 


Teeth cleaning is essential to a patient’s dental health. It includes the preventative process 
of scraping, flossing and polishing the person’s mouth. The teeth cleaning process removes all the built up plaque that the person accumulated since he or she left the previous visit. Such a cleaning is extensive enough to draw blood and cause the person discomfort, but it is not usually painful enough to require an anesthetic. 


4. Root Planing 


Root planing is a crucial part of periodontal therapy that may be necessary if a patient has extensive plaque buildup. It is a process that dentists conduct to eliminate periodontitis. Root planing 
and scaling are also known as deep cleaning therapy. The processes involve painful penetration of the roots that may require an anesthetic. 


5. Scaling 


Scaling is part of the deep cleaning process that some patients need to keep them from developing periodontitis. The process can hinder the development of gum disease before it becomes a serious problem. 


6. Sealing 


Teeth sealing is something that a dentist can do to prevent tooth decay from worsening in a patient. The process involves filling the person’s pits and fissures with a special sealant. 


7. Fillings 


Fillings are devices that patients need when they develop severe tooth decay. A dentist may want to place a filling in a patient’s tooth before he or she performs a more serious procedure. The filling process starts with enamel drilling and ends with careful placement of the filling. A dentist can use amalgam, ceramic or an alternative material. 


8. Tooth Extraction 


A tooth extraction may be necessary for some circumstances. For example, dentists usually offer to extract decayed wisdom teeth because they usually crowd the patient’s mouth anyway. A dentist will most likely see no reason to try to save a bad wisdom tooth. 


9. Root Canal 


Root canal procedures are for people who want to preserve teeth that may rest toward the front of the mouth. The procedure is extensive, and it involves deep drilling and removal of the root. Root canals are generally expensive because they require the patient to purchase a crown. 



10. Polishing 


Polishing is a necessary procedure for keeping the teeth looking attractive and lively. All of the previously mentioned procedures are necessary to keep a person’s teeth healthy and looking good. Many more procedures are available, but the previously mentioned ones are just a few that one may consider.

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