To plan for your dentist appointments Toronto, you need to know how long the checkup is likely to take. You can also make inferences about the quality of the clinic, to some extent, by finding out how long the appointments are.
Average Appointment Times
Whereas it is possible to find 30-minute dental appointments with a Toronto dentist, it is better to pick a clinic that offers appointments of around one hour. Just 30 minutes is rarely enough time for your dentist to check your teeth. The teeth cleaning alone will likely take this much time, if not more.
Why Do Appointments Need to Be So Long?
In addition to a visual check of your teeth, you will need X-rays to examine inaccessible parts of your mouth, such as between your teeth and under the gums. Furthermore, your checkup should include an opportunity to discuss any concerns or questions you have with your dentist. It should also involve time for the dentist or dental hygienist to offer tips about improving oral care at home.
If your dentist notices any causes for concern, your appointment will take more time. For instance, swelling, redness, or tenderness in the face, throat, or neck all need to be checked out. Your dentist will likely recommend your receive an oral cancer scan.
Finally, you have your teeth cleaning. For a basic cleaning, your dental hygienist just needs to remove plaque and tartar from the surface of your teeth. However, if your dentist has noticed any symptoms of gum disease, you may need scaling and root planing, which involves also cleaning under the gums.
Our dental appointments are customized to the patient. Dr. Lily Lo takes the time she needs to examine your teeth, gums, and mouth thoroughly to check for tooth decay, gum disease, and other conditions.