Returning to the dentist after a long absence

Returning to the dentist after a long absence

What to expect when you arrange an appointment with our Chelmsford dentist after time away

Ideally, patients should see a dentist at Blue Sky Dental every six months or so, sometimes more frequently if needed; as may be the case with diabetics for example.

Most people do manage to do this but sometimes we can drop out of this routine. Perhaps an appointment has to be cancelled for a legitimate reason and is not re-arranged. If we are happy with our teeth and are not having any problems, this can lead to some patients simply not rebooking their appointment, often meaning a number of years without professional monitoring of our teeth and gums.

Whilst missing appointments isn’t recommended, if you are fortunate not to need to make an emergency appointment for a painful tooth or other similar problem, some time may pass before you are prompted to see a dentist again. What then, should you expect when you return?

Your return

What we find when we examine your mouth after a time away will, of course, depend on your lifestyle. If you brush and floss your teeth regularly, don’t smoke and keep your sugar consumption low, we are likely to find less problems than if you do the opposite. Any return appointment will start with a thorough examination, often including x-rays, to determine the health of your teeth and gums and what action should be taken next.

Restorations

A lucky few may escape any invasive treatment after time away, but most patients will at least need some minor restorations such as a small filling. Whilst better avoided, fillings are usually relatively straightforward and are an efficient way of restoring a tooth that has some decay. Where more significant damage has occurred, we may consider the use of a crown or other techniques in order to offer a stronger restoration.

Especially for those who have not looked after their teeth well, extractions may be a reality. Should this be needed, we can also discuss the various tooth replacement options that we have available at Blue Sky Dental. These include dental implants, dentures or a bridge.

Oral health

Once we have restored any damaged teeth to a strong and functional state, it is time to get your overall oral health back on track. To do this, we strongly recommend that you see our hygienist. They will not only discuss ways that you can improve how your look after your teeth, but give them a thorough, professional clean too. This procedure, known as a ‘scale and polish’ is an effective way of removing hardened bacteria that can’t be done at home. This potentially harmful bacteria can lead to problems such as gingivitis and periodontitis which, ultimately can be a serious threat to your teeth, even causing tooth loss in advanced cases.

If you have not seen a dentist for some time, be assured that we will not ‘lecture’ you about this. Our aim is to help our patients to have a healthy mouth and our friendly Chelmsford dentists will help you to do just that.

To arrange an appointment at Blue Sky Dental, please call us on 01245 211070. We’re here to get your oral health on track and help to keep it that way!

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