Ankeny, IA, dentist offers checkups

Checkups Keep You Healthy

When was the last time you saw your dentist? If it has been more than six months since your last visit, it is time to schedule a cleaning and examination. You may feel like your smile is healthy if you practice oral hygiene at home, but there are many things that can go unnoticed without a checkup. Dental Impressions in Ankeny, IA, offers these appointments for patients of all ages, so you can schedule a visit for your whole family.

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Regular Dental Visits Prevent Common Problems

As a general rule, you should visit your dentist twice a year. If you have other oral health problems, these visits may need to occur more frequently. These checkups are used to keep track of your oral health and assist in maintaining a healthy smile. Your visit will consist of a cleaning and examination. Some of the most common problems that dental patients face include decay and periodontal disease. By seeing the dentist regularly, these problems can be detected and treated earlier. Other issues, such as teeth grinding, can also be addressed by your dentist. If your smile is healthy, but you would like to improve its appearance, you can also use these visits as an opportunity to discuss potential options to correct these imperfections.

What Goes On During Your Checkup

There are two parts to your visit: the cleaning and the examination. During the cleaning, your hygienist will remove plaque buildup and give you a thorough cleaning. They may be able to see areas that you are missing during your at-home hygiene routine. If this is noticed, they may give you tips on how to improve this. In our office, we offer care for adults and children, so you can bring the whole family in for a checkup.

The second part of your visit will include an examination. This may be done using the help of X-rays or other technology. By taking a closer look at your grin, your dentist may be able to see signs of decay, alignment problems, wisdom teeth growing in, periodontal disease, and many other signs of concern. These images can help your dentist when creating a treatment plan.

Options To Restore Your Smile

If any concerns are noticed, your dentist will discuss these with you and create a treatment plan based on the problem. For instance, if you have a cavity, they will likely recommend a filling to restore the tooth. Or, if you have severely harmed a tooth, they may be able to repair it with a crown. Other concerns, such as periodontal disease, can be managed with the help of deep cleanings. If you are showing signs of periodontitis, it is important to have this treated as soon as possible to avoid severe symptoms.

Talk To Our Team Today

To schedule an appointment with our team, call Dental Impressions in Ankeny, IA at (515) 965-0230.