Dental Check-Ups

What are Dental Check-Ups

A dental check-up is when a dental professional evaluates your oral health to make sure all of your teeth and gums are healthy.

Dentists recommend that you attend the dentist at least two times a year to keep your teeth healthy. These kinds of appointments are paramount to keep gum disease and infections at bay and identifying any other issues before they worsen.

Issues such as tooth decay or tartar can be prevented by maintaining a good check-up routine with your dentist.

Check-Ups

why consider a dental check-up?

Brushing and flossing regularly will help keep your teeth clean, but that doesn’t mean your teeth are invincible! In our dental check-up appointments, we will identify cavities and other health problems in their earliest stages before they become more difficult to fix.

If you notice any symptoms like sensitivity to heat or cold drinks, bleeding, pain or swelling from your gums or white marks it is vital you make an appointment with our team here. Taking good care of your whole mouth starts with a check-up with your dentist. Many problems could be solved in just a visit.

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How often should you go to the dentist for a check-up?

You should have at least two dental visits a year to ensure that good oral health is maintained, or as recommended by your dentist, who will suggest when you should have your next check-up according to how good or bad your oral health is.

Check-Ups Process

What is the process of dental check-ups?

There are two parts to a dental check-up - an examination and a cleaning or oral prophylaxis.

We perform an oral cancer screen as well; in case there is any problem, we can act quickly. A complete oral cancer screen will look at any lumps or bumps, ulcers that do not heal, swellings and hardened tissue in your mouth, where cancer can spread. It also includes an examination of the inside of your cheeks and under your tongue, and an exam of the head and neck by observation and touch.

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We look at:

– the health of your gums in case there is inflammation, bone loss or bleeding.

– the teeth for wear like grinding (attrition or abrasion) and signs of parafunction.

– the number of teeth present, the presence of fillings and implants for any treatment required.

– between your teeth and under them with low dose digital X-rays if necessary.

– dental restorations that have been completed previously and their current state.

– jaw joints and any issues relating to them.

– any signs of snoring or obstructive sleep apnoea.

– any signs of unusual red or white patches or mouth sores, unusual lumps in the throat and neck which may point towards mouth cancer.

The second part of the check-up is the cleaning (with a hygienist). We use a great variety of tools and instruments so that we can scrape tartar (this is called scaling) and plaque from above and below the gum line, and we polish your teeth. At the end of your exam, we are to discuss our findings with you and design a treatment plan tailored for you.

Hygienist visit

Why a Hygienist Visit is important as well as a check-up?

We scrape tartar and plaque from above and below the gum line, and we polish your teeth.

At the end of your exam, we are to discuss our findings with you and design a treatment plan tailored for you.

Prevent Gum Disease

Check-ups are an effective means to keep gum disease at bay, as we scale any tartar off your gum line and we ensure it's healthy and clean.

Keep your Breath Fresh

Not only do we offer you a thorough cleaning, but also we teach you how to have good oral health habits.

Frequently Asked Questions

Questions about Dental Check-Ups?

The exam includes analysing your risk of developing oral health problems, so that we check your face, neck and mouth for abnormalities, as well as dental X-rays and other diagnostic procedures where needed. The main concerns are tooth decay, cosmetic issues, gum disease or oral cancer.

Firstly, your dentist will give your teeth a thorough cleaning, starting by scraping off plaque and tartar in your gum line and the surface of your teeth, before flossing between and around them to remove any plaque or food particles. Then, we will also give your teeth a smooth and shiny finish with a tooth polisher, which has a spinning head and a slightly abrasive paste. This will eliminate any residue left and make your teeth smoother to prevent plaque from forming on them between visits to your dentist.

A dental check-up will take around 30 to an hour depending on the patient, as the procedure – the examination with the dentist and the cleaning with the hygienist- must be fully accomplished.

You should! Dentists recommend that you get your dental check-ups during your pregnancy as needed. Your hormones change when you’re pregnant, so your gums can swell and become irritated more easily. Your dental health may have a bearing on your overall health, so that it can have an impact on your child’s dental future as well, due to a change in your hormone levels. 

It is recommended that you should go to your dentist for a check-up from every six months to once a year. When was your last check-up? Call us today to make your appointment at College Gate Dental Clinic.

When you make your appointment with your dentist, ask us to check if you are eligible for a PPSN annual treatment by giving your date of birth and PPS (Personal Public Service) number.

When you make your appointment with your dentist, ask us to check if you are eligible for a PPSN annual treatment by giving your date of birth and PPS (Personal Public Service) number.

– Brush and floss your teeth.

– Try not to eat beforehand.

– Confirm your appointment date.

– Arrive early.

Cost of a Dental Check-up

How much is a dental Check-up

Treatment   Price
Routine Exam
Exam, diagnosis and treatment plan €30
Exam Specialist
€50
Exam with Prescription €30
Exam Emergency €50
X-Ray
Small
€10
Large
€50
Nervous Patient Consultation**
Consultation with specialist €50
Sedation €50

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Brushing your teeth twice a day is important, but you should also be seeing your dentist at least twice a year to make sure that no issues are developing. Dentists can identify problems early on before they worsen and help prevent tooth decay or tartar from occurring with good check-up routines. Make sure to schedule an appointment with us today! We want all our patients’ smiles to look their best at all times. If you need more information, please contact us at College Gate Dental Clinic. We would love to help!

Call us, email us or visit us to discuss your treatment options, we have a wide range of dental experts which you can choose from, with over 20 years of experience, you know you are in good hands.

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