Why One Visit to Your Austin Dentist Seems to Turn Into Two
Your Austin dentist may always seem to need to see you for more than one visit for a variety of reasons. You may think you’ve followed all of the proper oral hygiene recommendations from your dentist so why bother? You may feel that you have maintained a proper diet to support your oral health. You may feel that your breath is fresh and your oral cavity is free from cavity causing debris. Yet, sometimes you may not seem to be able to get away from a second dental visit after you visit your dentist for a preventive dental visit. The oral cavity can be tricky to manage at best. Though you may receive lessons about proper tooth brushing and dental flossing during your first dental visit, you may notice that you receive repeat lessons over the years for reinforcement. Just like your body, the oral cavity must thrive through many changes each day and each year. So, your dentist will highlight specific areas that need extra care and methods for focusing on those areas.
Sometimes, your dentist may request you come back for an additional visit in three months instead of six. Sometimes, your dentist may request you return to the office for deeper cleaning through root planing and scaling. Sometimes, your dentist may request you return to the office for restorative dental work, such as, dental fillings, root canals and dental crowns. Let’s explore the details…
- When it comes to having extra professional cleanings throughout the year, this request may occur if you have excess or speedier plaque build-up. Excess or speedier plaque build-up may be caused by failure to brush and floss properly, dry mouth syndrome, certain medications or medical conditions.
- Root planing and scaling is popular because 75% of the population has the precursor to gum disease or gum disease itself. Root planing and scaling helps to control the progression of the disease. This is very important because there is no cure.
- The need for dental fillings is usually identified in the first visit. So, there is not enough time for dental fillings. To perform a root canal, typically antibiotics must be taken over the course of days before root canal treatment. Dental crowns require the fabrication of the crown after an impression is made of the treatment area.
There may be one or more reasons why you need additional dental visits. The important point is that regular preventive visits reduce the risk of follow up visits.
If you are interested in a consultation, contact Austin dentist Dr. Mark Sweeney at 512-380-1300.