The purpose of a dental chekup is to assess the oral health of the patient. When was the last time you went for a dental checkup?
A dental examination is an examination of the teeth and mucous membranes performed by a dentist. The purpose of the dental examination is to find out the general health of the client's mouth and the condition of the teeth, mucous membranes and gums. In addition to the above, the dentist will examine the function of the jaw joint as well as the bite. To support the dental examination, the dentist can take x-rays of the teeth. This will help the dentist determine the condition of the teeth on the inside and underneath the gums.
The dentist plans an individual treatment interval for each client. The determination of the treatment interval is based on the oral health status and the client's lifestyle. Normally the treatment interval is about 1-2 years.
The more regularly you check your oral and dental health, the more likely you are to avoid big problems and expensive treatments. The condition of your teeth affects not only eating and speaking, but also your overall health. Inflammation of the oral area can contribute to e.g. development of cardiovascular disease. Similarly, medications related to general health and various diseases can cause changes in the oral area.
Based on the patient's medical condition as determined by the dentist's examination, the examination may be reimbursed once per calendar year. Please inform your dentist if you have had any other dental check-ups in the previous year. If Kela rejects the application for direct reimbursement for a dental examination, the service provider has the right to charge the unreimbursed portion of the treatment payment from the patient afterwards.
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