What Happens During a General Dentistry Appointment?

There are a number of services that fall under the general dentistry category. Our general dentistry London Ontario services at West Five Family Dental range from routine checkups and cleanings to extractions and root canals. Today, our dentists share what to expect during a routine general dental checkup.


Before your official exam, our dental hygienist will perform a professional cleaning of your teeth. Once your teeth have been cleaned of plaque and tartar, our dentists can better detect issues such as cavities. If the hygienist notices any problems that need to be addressed before the cleaning, they will consult with a dentist before proceeding. If gum disease is present, a deeper cleaning known as root scaling and planing may be needed.

Exam and x-ray

After your cleaning, the dentist will examine your gums and teeth and inquire about any self or family history of dental issues, as well as address any concerns you may have. During each exam at West Five Family Dental, our dentists perform a head and neck exam as a way to screen for early signs of oral cancer. Early detection of oral cancer almost guarantees your life will be saved, which is why oral cancer screenings are a crucial step in exams at our London, Ontario dentistry. As part of the exam, x-rays will be taken to give dentists a clearer view of what’s going on beneath the gum lines.

Fillings, Extractions, and Repairs

Cavity fillings, tooth extractions, and tooth repairs are all common practices in general dentistry. Depending on the severity of the issues, some of these procedures can be performed the same day as your general check up appointment.

The professionals at West Five Family Dental want to be your preferred London Ontario dentist. To schedule an appointment, please contact our offices or fill out the appointment form on our website.

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