What do general treatments at the dentist typically include?

It is normal to feel nervous about your upcoming dental visit. Many people experience anxiety about their first appointment with us because they do not know what to expect. Read on to learn  about some of the general treatments in Harley Street we offer at our practice, Harley Street Dental Clinic.

general-dental-treatments-harley-streetWhat does a routine appointment entail?

On average, you should be undergoing general treatments in Harley Street twice a year, but this number might change according to the nature of your dental issue. These check-ups are crucial in preventing an onslaught of nasty, yet avoidable, mouth diseases and infections.

Usually, the treatments and procedures we administer are routine and straightforward, but the experience will vary from person-to-person, depending on how long it has been since your last visit, the state of your oral health and whether or not you are a first-time patient. We will need to conduct a full medical and dental history if you are new to our practice.

A regular check-up includes the following:

  • A thorough examination of your entire mouth. We do this to check for signs of poor dental health, namely tooth decay and gum diseases.
  • If proven necessary, we might take x-rays – these x-rays will highlight abnormalities, whereupon cavities show up as dark areas on a tooth.
  • We will discuss your health and lifestyle habits that contribute to poor oral hygiene, including a poor diet, smoking and drinking.
  • We will also chat about your teeth-cleaning and ways in which it can be improved upon.
  • If you need treatment beyond a routine check-up, these will be explained in detail, and we will make a dental appointment for you in the near future.
  • We will happily answer any and all questions and concerns to your satisfaction.

Dental emergencies: how do you handle these kinds of general treatments in Harley Street?

In an ideal world, if we look after our teeth, we should not have to experience dental emergencies. However, accidents are unpredictable and can occur at any time.

If you have knocked out a tooth, it is important to see us urgently to save it.  The sooner you receive medical attention, the higher your chances of successfully re-implanting the tooth in the socket.

There are a few things you can do to be proactive in scenarios like this, which include

  • Hold the tooth by the crown and not the root, in order to prevent spreading infection. If possible, reposition the tooth in the socket by biting down on a paper towel.
  • If you cannot, then try to hold the tooth in your cheek – it is important to keep it hydrated with your saliva.
  • If you are experiencing severe blood loss – apply pressure to the site with a cloth, bandages or anything clean and available – tea bags work well as makeshift bandages because they are highly absorbent.

In emergencies, people are left scrambling to find an emergency dentist who can treat them immediately – we offer emergency services during office hours and offer 24-hour advice to people who phone us after-hours.

Whether you are a new patient or old, require routine check-ups or more serious treatments, or need urgent medical care following an accident, our experienced dental team are on board to assist you!