Visiting The Dentist as a New Patient

Can you remember the last time you visited a dental practice? Or have you avoided seeing a dentist due to a previous bad experience, or you just haven’t the time to book an appointment? It is a known fact that many people skip dental appointments due to fear, cost or because their dental health is not a priority for them. Whatever the reason may be, if you are based in Dublin and haven’t visited a dentist Dublin for a number of years, you may want to consider visiting one of the many exceptional dental practices, where you will be seen by an experienced dentist Dublin who will help you feel at ease and put your mind at rest. 

Why it's important to see your dentist 
Regular appointments with a dentist come with a number of benefits. For one, regular brushing of your teeth does not always mean that you will be able to remove all debris and plaque, especially from hard-to-reach places like the back of your mouth. By having regular appointments with a dentist, they will be able to identify any areas where there is plaque build-up and treat it earlier on before it becomes harder to remove. A dentist will also check your gums thoroughly, detect any early gum problems and provide treatment. Should gum problems persist and become more advanced, it can cause more issues such as swollen gums, bleeding and can result in tooth loss. Oral cancer can develop in the tissues of the mouth and/or the throat. With regular dental appointments, a dentist is able to detect early signs of oral cancer and make a referral if necessary. If you have not visited a dental practice before, your first appointment will be a new patient examination. 

What to expect as a new patient 
When you visit a dental practice for the first time, you will be asked to complete a medical and dental questionnaire to obtain your history and identify whether any conditions you may have been having an impact on your dental health. After filling the questionnaire, you will be seen by dentist Dublin. The dentist will carry out a thorough examination of your teeth, gums and overall mouth. This is so that the dentist can have an idea of your current health and check if you have any existing restorations such as dental crowns or fillings. The dentist may use x-rays or take photographs for a more detailed view of your teeth and jawbone, and check for anything which may not be visible to the naked eye such as tooth decay. Your mouth will also be screened for oral cancer. 

Next steps
If the dentist identifies any dental issues that you have not raised, this will be discussed with you in detail along with providing you with most suitable treatment options for your dental issues. Other important factors which will be discussed at this stage will be costs and the time the treatment will take, in order for you to make an informed decision.