The first people you will meet will be our friendly reception staff, who will welcome you to our clinic and will ask you to complete a medical history form.
Our dentist needs to be aware of your general state of health and we will need a list of medications currently used. This is because medications, including those bought over-the-counter can often impact upon the condition of your teeth and gums and may affect treatment and any medications such as anaesthetics and antibiotics we might need to prescribe for you.
At your consultation you will have the opportunity to discuss any dental concerns you may have or how you would like your teeth improved. You will find we are very easy to talk to and we definitely welcome questions about dental health, so please do ask.
During your consultation our dentist will give you a full oral assessment to help accurately plan which treatments would be best for your oral health. In this examination we will be looking at:
- Teeth and the way they bite together
- Original restorations – Fillings, crowns, veneers etc
- The health of your gums and the bone surrounding each tooth
- Your tongue, throat, cheeks & lips for signs of oral cancer
- Your jaw joints to check you can move your lower jaw without pain or discomfort
Dental X-rays will also be taken of your teeth to check for:
- Decay inside a tooth or between your teeth.
- Abscess or cysts on the roots of your teeth.
- Root positions
- Bone loss
Once the examination is complete our dentist will discuss the findings with you.
We will then create your personalised treatment plan outlining each option we think might help you, including all the benefits and risks of each procedure and the costings. We allow plenty of time to discuss all potential treatments so you should never feel rushed into making a decision. Please just ask of you don’t quite understand something as we will be more than happy to explain it more fully to you. We want you to have plenty of information so you can decide what is best for your long term dental health.