If you are having any kind of surgical procedure one this is a must! If you ask your dentist and the answer is “no” we suggest you find another dentist. Decreasing bacteria in the mouth is vital to your oral and overall health when having any kinds of surgical procedure done.
Time vs Value… Everyone’s time is valuable. As much as every Dentist love to see you, why have 2 appointments when you can have one (with the desired result!)
The answer to this is: How long are hygiene visits scheduled? At Oasis we book all hygiene visits for a full hour. Other practices may book for half the time, so you’ll want to make sure your hygienist has enough time to do a thorough clean. Our hygienist’s use a special dye to check to see your own brushing habits and how long plaque has been sitting on the teeth. Hygienists should be cleaning not only the part of the tooth we can see, but also taking the time to get under the gum line.
The second part of this question is “Why is it important to take intraoral photos?” How can an issue be diagnosed correctly from the outside? Well, it can’t be. For a patient to be diagnosed correctly the Dentist needs to “scratch below the surface” to diagnose and discuss accurately.
We hope these questions have added insight and questionable purpose to your next visit to see the Dentist.