UK Dental Examinations
A dental examination is the process often referred to as a check-up- it is a routine process where a dentist examines your teeth and checks for any problems. Often, the dentist will clean the teeth during this procedure.
Why do I need a Dental Examination?
Regular dental examinations (ideally every six months) are very important and help you to maintain a healthy mouth. The process allows the dentist to check for early signs of dental problems, such as decay or gum disease, and therefore take measures to prevent the problems from becoming serious. This could save a lot of pain, time and money!
What is involved in a Dental Examination?
In some cases, the dentist will want to take x-rays of your mouth before examining your teeth. It is possible that he or she may also want to take an impression of your teeth so that they can accurately judge the alignment of your teeth when you bite.
When you are in the chair, the dentist will move you into a reclining position so that your mouth can be more easily examined. He or she will then examine your teeth to check for decay, erosion, plaque build-up and any other potential problems. The dentist will use mirrors to be able to see areas of the mouth which you can't see during normal cleaning.
The dentist might use a small scraping device to remove plaque from teeth- this is completely painless. He or she might also use an electric brush, with or without fluoride paste, to clean the teeth, and a water spray to rinse the mouth. If there is a dental nurse present, they might be requested to operate a suction device to remove any waste resulting from these processes from your mouth.
Cost of Dental Examinations
If you use an NHS dentist for your examination, you should expect to pay £15.90. If you decide to go for private treatment, this cost will increase. Our figures at Whatprice indicate that a routine dental examination will cost an average of £37, based on a survey of 150 people who had paid for a private dental examination in September 2007.
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