Dental Cleanings & Exams in Parramatta
At Painfree Dentistry, we believe that preventing a problem is far more beneficial than treatment. We recommend regular dental examinations every 6-12 months (depending on your personal needs) to ensure potential problems can be detected early, saving time, costs and extensive restorative treatment.
Regular dental appointments are essential for children as their teeth and facial bones grow and develop rapidly. As such, so can irregularities. By monitoring your child’s development, we can diagnose and correct any structural problems before they evolve.
If not addressed early, some problems could interfere with the emergence of their adult teeth and result in the need for corrective treatment, usually orthodontic braces or tooth extraction.
Clean and Polish
Your dentist will thoroughly examine your teeth and gums at your twice-yearly visits to Painfree Dentistry in Parramatta before recommending any treatment you may need. Our main goal is to ensure your mouth is as healthy as it can be so that decay or gum disease is unlikely to be a significant issue.
Dr Alam will ensure that all your fillings are in good repair and there are no rough edges to make cleaning difficult. We thoroughly clean and polish your teeth to remove any built-up plaque from the area.
Our entire dental team will be happy to advise you on how to brush and floss your teeth between your visits to us to remove any hardened plaque, which constantly forms on your teeth. We can also recommend the best dental care products for you and go over your diet and lifestyle choices, like drinking or smoking.
At Painfree Dentistry, we want you to have a healthy and beautiful smile that will last. We will help you to maintain and achieve excellent oral health by offering comprehensive dental exams.
What Is a Comprehensive Dental Exam?
Comprehensive exams help check for any signs of dental issues. During the exam, your dentist will inspect your tooth and look for gum disease and tooth decay.
Your bite will also be checked; this is to check that your teeth fit together correctly. If there are any issues found, then the dentist will recommend treatments.
What Is Checked During a Dental Exam?
Your dentist will check your mouth, teeth, jaw joints, jaw bone and gums to ensure that the following are healthy:
- Gums – Your dentist will check for bleeding, recession, calculus and plaque.
- Teeth – We will check for signs of decay, wear and crowding, in addition to checking fillings and missing teeth.
- Jaw – Joints and muscles will be checked. We will look for any pain, tenderness, and clicking.
- Surrounding areas – We check your lips, throat, palate, tongue and cheeks.
- Signs of oral diseases – Dental exams can spot more severe conditions, like oral cancer.
- Existing treatments – Braces, retainers, implants, crowns, bridges and dentures will be checked.
We will give you a smile assessment to look at tooth size, shape and colour, along with your smile line and gingival biotype.
We take digital x-rays so we can view your tooth roots and jawbone. The detail in digital x-rays helps our dentists create a treatment plan to treat any issues.
What to Expect at Your Dental Exam
This exam will allow the dentist to get to know you and your needs, gathering vital information to get the best care and treatment. This exam is the perfect time to discuss any existing problems you have or any symptoms you have that concern you. The exam will take no more than thirty minutes.
You will have to complete a registration before the examination can begin. The receptionist will ask you for your details, and then you will fill in a medical history form. This form lets us know about any medications you are on, any medical conditions you have, and if you have any allergies. All these can affect treatment, so you must be honest and write down everything. A helpful tip is to bring any medication along to easily write it on the form.
After the exam, you will be offered a clean. A clean will remove tartar and plaque both on your teeth and below the gum line. A professional clean is beneficial because it cleans where toothbrushes and floss don’t. It is quick and pain-free.
Oral Cancer Screening
Oral cancer often goes undetected, except by your dentist. It is a non-invasive exam of the mouth, tongue, cheeks and lips. Your Paramatta dentist is specially trained to detect the early signs of oral cancer. Early detection means a better prognosis.
Who Is at Risk for Oral Cancer?
There are a few main risk factors, including older age, heavy smoking and alcohol consumption. The latest research has suggested that the HPV virus is linked to cancers of the tongue, back of the throat, soft palate and tonsils. This now means that a wider range of ages can be at risk of oral cancer. Sun damage is also a significant risk factor as this can be the cause of skin cancers developing.
What Are the Symptoms of Oral Cancer?
- Red patches
- White patches
- Loose teeth
- Chronic hoarseness
- Sores or lesions that take a long time to heal
- Numbness on the tongue
Symptoms can arise because of many issues. However, it is crucial to get any symptoms checked. The earlier symptoms are diagnosed, the faster you can receive treatment. If you spot a red or white patch in your mouth or have any difficulties chewing or swallowing, contact us.
Preventing Oral Cancer
You can take a few simple steps to lower your oral cancer risks:
- Protect yourself from the sun
- Get the HPV vaccine
- Quit smoking and avoid alcohol
- Visit your dentist regularly
Book a Dental Clean and Checkup at Our Sydney Dental Clinic
If you'd like to book your next dental cleaning, give Painfree Dentistry a call and we would be happy to schedule your next appointment. We proudly serve patients in Harris Park, Parramatta, Grantville, Westmead, and all over the Greater Sydney Area.