As with most patients, visiting the dentist can be a nervous experience. We understand this!
We will try to allay those fears and would like to extend a warm welcome to our practice where you will be closely involved from the initial consultation to treatment completion.
Your first visit will usually last for 45 minutes where we will undertake the following:
1. You will be requested to complete a medical history questionnaire that provides the foundation for the dentist to prescribe the appropriate treatment. Many aspects of your general health directly or indirectly affect your oral health. By being aware of any pre-existing health conditions, we can also be better prepared to manage any emergency that may occur appropriately and safely.
2. You will be given an opportunity to explain your reason(s) for seeking professional dental help.
3. Prior to any treatment, the dentist will carry out an in-depth external facial and internal oral examination. This will include thorough examinations of the facial musculature, the jaw joints, the upper part of the neck, followed by the inside of the mouth including the directly visible throat area, the tongue, the cheeks, the palate and the floor of the mouth. The teeth and the gums will be visually inspected with special dental instruments that might cause some discomfort but usually lasts for a very short time. The better the health of your gums, the less discomfort you may feel.
The intra-oral camera will be used as an aid to discuss the state of your oral health.
4. Screening digital X-rays (radiographs) are an invaluable tool, and will be requested by the dentist for all new patients and, especially, if you have not had them recently. This enables the dentist to inspect parts of your teeth and ‘gums’ that are invisible to a visual examination, such as beneath existing fillings, restorations, in between teeth and the extent of any pre-existing bone loss. If necessary, you will be shown your radiographs on our digital monitor whilst in the chair.
5. The dentist will discuss the report of your examination, provide advice and where necessary formulate a bespoke treatment plan, a cost estimate and arrange a follow-up appointment. However, occasionally, if multiple problems are discovered there may not be enough appointment time to fully complete the discussion in which case a further consultation will be arranged.