If you haven’t been to visit a dentist in awhile, you may have forgotten what you can expect from a visit. Some people are actually very nervous about going to see their dentist, but it’s nothing for you to be afraid of. It’s not stiff and sterile like you may see in a dental journal. Most dentists are incredibly friendly and they make sure to hire staff that will keep you at ease during your appointment.
First, you could be seeing a dentist that specializes in cosmetic dentistry. This is exactly what it sounds like – dentistry that focuses on cosmetic appearances. These are actually general practice dentists; they fill cavities, do cleanings, create dentures, and do all of the standard dentist tasks. They may just call themselves a dentist, but cosmetic dentists are the same exact thing and you will get the same sort of care if you go to someone that uses one name or the other.
At the beginning of your dentist appointment, you will probably work with the hygienist or a dental assistant. They will take x-rays of your mouth that will be used later in the appointment. Then, you will go into the back where you are settled into a chair and the hygienist will start giving you a cleaning. During the process, they will tell you if they see anything strange. If it’s been awhile since you’re last cleaning, you may bleed a little, but that’s normal and nothing to be worried about. After the cleaning is finished and you rinse out (they may have you rinse between the top and bottom too), the dentist will come, look at the x-rays, and check your teeth himself. They may schedule another appointment if there are any cavities to be filled or problems to be dealt with, but overall, that’s all there is to it.