When Was Your Last Dental Check-Up?

A dental checkup is the best preventative method to keep your mouth healthy. When you visit Pinon Hills Dental in Farmington, NM, for your bi-yearly checkup, Dr. Travis Watson checks your teeth and gums for any issues.

If you have a cavity, your dentist can easily clean and seal it, then you're on your way. The issue would have been more complicated if you'd skipped the checkup. Your cavity may have grown and eroded your teeth and required more expensive and invasive procedures.

What sort of procedures might you need?

Extensive work is usually preventable if you go in for routine checkups:

  • Root canal: A root canal is when bacteria have eaten through the enamel and dentin to reach the pulp, a nerve-rich area of the tooth. This can become a painful ordeal. Your dentist will need to disinfect the area, remove the pulp, and seal the tooth. Then you will need a new crown to reinforce your tooth and protect it from future damage.
  • Dental implants: Implants have an over 95% success rate but needing them means you've lost a tooth. Implants replace tooth roots and restore functionality. The implant itself is made of titanium, which is biocompatible, and when you place a crown over it, no one knows there's been any work done to your teeth.

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So what happens during a dental checkup?

Your Farmington, NM, dentist scans your teeth, gums, and cheeks for any sores or cavities. They then use an x-ray to make sure there aren't any issues beneath the surface. You can even get a professional dental cleaning during this checkup from your dentist or hygienist to remove plaque and tartar that cause gum disease and cavities.

Would you like to book an appointment?

If you'd like to book an appointment with Dr. Watson, then don't hesitate to call Pinon Hills Dental, our Farmington, NM, office, at (505) 325-2859.

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  • "a month ago
    Travis Watson was truly the most kind, compassionate, honest, and detail-oriented dentist that I have ever been to. I have had work done by at least a half dozen or more dentists over the years, and Dr. Watson was BY FAR the most compassionate, kind, and caring when it came to my procedure and dental work needs. I couldn't possibly recommend. Dr. Watson and Pinon Hills Dental any higher. Five stars isn't enough. Dr. Watson should get 10 stars. If there was a Nobel Prize for dentistry, Dr. Watson should win it--and many times over. If you're considering a dentist in the Farmington area--or beyond (I came from Durango)--Dr. Watson should be your choice. Beyond belief, you'll actually look forward going to the dentist. I'm forever grateful for Dr. Watson's skill, compassion, and kindness--and you will be too."
    Peter Barr- Google Dec 2020
  • "I visited Pinion Hills Dental for the first time yesterday to get a cleaning and check up. I have nothing but great things to say about the experience that I had and quality of service. I had a great interaction with everyone involved from the front desk, to the hygienist Yvette and Dr. Watson himself. Highly recommend!"
    Colby Gibson-Google Oct 2020
  • "The staff here are very friendly and accommodating. I was in a decent amount of pain so they moved my appointment up and kept me from hurting for an extra 5 days. Dr. Watson personally called me to check on me and make sure things we're ok. It means a lot that he didn't have an assistant or secretary make that call."
    Kev Sharp-GoogleNov2020
  • "Dr. Watson is absolutely incredible in every way! We have always been treated with the utmost respect, compassion and expertise. He has gone out of his way to treat our family in emergency situations. In each instant, he provided amazing and excellent care when other dentists could not. He is always positive and reassuring in all situations! His office staff, dental assistants and hygienists are incredible in every way! The atmosphere in the office is peaceful, positive and upbeat! We highly recommend Pinon Hills!!!"
    Angela McDaniels- GoogleDec2020
  • "The politeness and care of the dentist, dental hygienist and the staff wowed me today. Dr. Watson and Dr. Weber really have a vested interest in your teeth. They are very concerned to the point that I brush and floss so I won't let them down.
    You never feel belittled by anyone in the office and they only encourage you when you need to do a little better. I used to worry about going to the dentist but now I know I have people who want the best for me in the doctors office."
    Kevin Jaramillo