Dental Check-ups

Regular check-ups help avoid complications and keep your teeth in tip-top shape.

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Keeping a smile on your dial

To keep you smiling, a dental check-up every six months is the way to go. You can have it done at the same time as your hygiene therapy appointment and it should only take ten minutes.

If you’re new to the hood, a first-time patient at Keys Dental (congrats!) or haven’t seen us for some time, we’ll suggest an extended examination. This will help us get to know your dental needs and history and give you time to get to know us.

In an extended examination, we do a thorough examination of your teeth and the surrounding soft and hard tissues. We document each tooth in a personal clinical chart. We do an oral cancer screening and assess your jaw joint (TMJ).

Next, we take a deeper look at your smile. We like to take radiographs every 18 to 24 months, unless of course we feel there is reason to do so earlier. Radiographs enable us to examine the surfaces between your teeth and below the gum line which we can’t see with the naked eye.

We get a lot of good information from radiographs. Not only do they help us detect early signs of decay, but they also reveal bone levels around the teeth, helping us detect early stages of periodontal disease. Without a radiograph, this might only be identified at more advanced stages. The long and short of it is, radiographs help us keep you in tip-top dental shape.

How long does it take?

General dental check-up appointments vary in length depending on what is being done. Use these suggested times as a yard stick.

New patient examination
50 minutes in the dentist room

Returning patient exam from 12 to 18 months
50 minutes in the dentist room

Returning patient exam, with regular check-ups every 6 to 12 months
10 mins in the hygiene room

The FAQs on Dental Check-ups

Why does it take so long for a new patient exam even if I know there is nothing wrong?Icons/Icon_ArrowDown_48x48_Grey

As a new patient we’ll want to learn as much as possible about your medical and dental history. A general dental check-up helps us maintain our duty of care to you, so we can keep you smiling through your visit and way longer.

Your dentists will document everything that is identified in your mouth such as fillings, crowns, root canal treated teeth and so on. So it can take some time. We like to think that this is also a good time for you to get to know us too. So time well spent we think!

I’m a new patient. I just want my teeth cleaned; why do I have to see the dentist to have an examination as well?Icons/Icon_ArrowDown_48x48_Grey

We want to provide you with the best dental care. But first we need to know the condition of your teeth and the surrounding tissue areas. A new patient examination prior to any treatment, enables us to do just that.

During the examination, your dentist will complete a dental chart of your existing teeth including previous dental work. This chart is actually a medical record and it is a legal requirement that we maintain accurate medicolegal records.

Most importantly, your dental chart sets the benchmark for your dental health from the day you start your care with us. Which means we can better monitor your dental care and progress going forwards.

Why do I need to have x-rays taken, I don’t have any pain?Icons/Icon_ArrowDown_48x48_Grey

X-rays or radiographs show dentists things that we can’t see with the naked eye. Like the surfaces between your teeth or below the gum line. With this information, we can detect early stages of decay and provide the treatment to prevent it from getting worse or from later causing pain.

X-rays also help to monitor the bone levels around the teeth. With this information, we can look out for early stages of periodontal disease. We couldn’t do that if we didn’t take the x-rays.

When patients are in pain, it’s usually a sign that the dental issue is already in its advanced stages. By taking radiographs every 18 to 24-months, we can take preventative measures by identifying any small changes and applying the necessary treatments before any pain sets in.