A check-up will involve an examination of your whole mouth, assessing the presence and condition of the teeth and gums. X-rays may also be needed in order to form a diagnosis.
PRSI patients are entitled to a FREE dental examination every 12 months. Patients carrying a valid medical card are also entitled to a FREE annual exam, as well as 2 fillings per year and an unlimited number of extractions. Some treatments are eligible for tax relief at a rate of 20% via a MED2 form. See more.
Your dentist may need to perform x-rays as part of the examination. X-rays can help reveal:
small areas of decay between the teeth or below existing fillings;
infections in the bone;
periodontal (gum) disease
The amount of radiation that we are exposed to from dental X-rays is very small compared to our daily exposure from naturally-occurring radioactive elements.