General Dental Treatments

What do dentists look for in a check up?

What do dentists look for in a check up?
Dentists will usually perform a thorough dental examination of your mouth every 6 months. The reason this is recommended is this is normally the length of time it takes for a cavity to appear in your tooth. Sometimes, dentists will recommend sooner than this, particularly if there is a history of periodontal disease(gum disease) or if they feel your risk of a particular disease is higher. Dentists check not only your teeth but your jaw joint and function I.e temporomandibular joint or TMJ and the glands in your neck( lymph nodes for any irregularity.)
They check the soft tissues including your lips inside and out, the tissues inside the mouth, salivary glands, gums and soft and hard palate. They might also take photographs of your teeth. They will look for evidence of tooth wear like grinding( attrition) or abrasion ( extensive wear from incorrect brushing . ) and will be screening for mouth cancer and snoring or obstructive sleep apnoea assessment is also undertaken.

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Most dentists will record the number of teeth present, the presence of fillings or crowns and bridgework or implants and any treatment required. They will also check your bite, sometimes if teeth are crowded, your teeth will not meet properly. This overtime can cause problems with the jaw joint and function.
They may also take X-rays of your teeth to check for any irregularity which cannot be seen under a filling or between the teeth.
Babies should normally be seen at 6 months, as this is when the first teeth develop. Unless you are concerned about early teeth, ie neonatal teeth or tongue tie which might prevent your baby from feeding properly.


I recently visited Susan Crean Dental in Tralee and I was totally impressed by the professionalism and standard of care I received. In truth there is an air of respect that exuded from every member of staff not only for Susan but also each other and this team work and cohesive way of working was so refreshing and obvious. Susan has a natural way with people, is very attentive and so respectful of each and every person that walks through her doors. She is extremely capable and her professionalism is so evident.
My daughter and I both had a professional cleaning with the dental hygienist Betty and it was thorough and very comfortable. I was impressed by how comfortable she made my daughter feel but also her attention to detail and her follow up care seem to resonate with my daughter too. It is no surprise that Susan Crean Dental and Facial Aesthetics has been the recipient of so many awards. We are truly fortunate to have such an established service in Kerry. It is 5star service all the way and I would highly recommend this business.

Majella QD

Treatment falls into two parts
Part 1 Reception. Could not be more helpful in organising an emergency visit on a Saturday morning for a non client. Very much appreciated bearing in mind the nature of the problem.Thank you..

Part 2. The treatment what can I say I think Gold standard says it all.

Thank you Dr Susan


Amazing dentist who are very caring and great time for there patients, Susan is amazing dentist


Absolutely fantastic dentists couldn’t recommend dr susan crean enough had fillings and an extraction and cleaning done due to avoiding and dreading dentist visits for many years. They have been brilliant no pain or discomfort and will have no problems going back to them again


I have been a regular patient of Dentist Susan Crean over the last few years. My teeth have needed quick some work, be it root canal, fillings and a crown. I have found her to be excellent at her work and have great confidence and trust in her to do the best for my teeth. Dental work can be a painful experience at times for patients but I always have felt nothing but really comfortable while Susan goes about her work, I believe she is a credit to her profession and I look forward to with confidence, any dental work I may need in the future!!

Mícheál OC

My first meeting with Susan was by chance as an emergency dentist. From the very beginning, I felt at ease in her very capable hands. This chance meeting opened the door to me undertaking a large amount of dentistry work that I had been deferring. I had been anxious to replace my veneers for some time but kept meeting resistance, Susan was much more receptive to carrying this work out for me. Throughout the process, Susan was incredibly patient and sensitive. I was delighted with the end result and finally feel happy with my smile. For the first time in a very long time, I felt heard by my dentist and I am happy to say I no longer dread the thought of a cleaning!

Una Geary

I travelled from Cork to Susan’s practice and cannot be happier with the treatment and care that she provided. I had aches and pains in my teeth and jaw, and Susan recommended 6 months smiles to me, now I have straight teeth and no pain.

P Murphy