At your first appointment you can expect:
About You: We will spend time getting to know you, learning about your general health and previous dental experiences. We want to understand any dental fears or anxieties you may have.
The Oral Health Assessment:
Examination of the teeth: We examine your teeth and existing dental work for stains, chips, cracks, decay, malformations, excessive wear and mobility.
Soft tissue examination: We will examine your cheeks, roof of the mouth, throat, tongue, floor of the mouth, and your lips. We look for any problems that you may have including ulcers and early signs of mouth cancer.
Gum screening : The BPE (basic periodontal exam) is a routine part of every examination for patients 18 and older. It is a simple test specially designed for early detection of gum/periodontal disease. This is important because gum disease is still the number one cause of tooth loss in adults. Early detection means early treatment for healthier gums. Based on this assessment, we will recommend the appropriate treatment.
X-ray examination: If necessary, we will take digital dental radiographs of your back teeth, and supporting structures of the jaws. With the aid of these x-rays we will be able to determine the presence and position of teeth and any problems such as decay, gum disease or abscesses.
Jaw-joint and muscle examination: This examination determines if the jaw joints and muscles are healthy and functioning properly and includes physical tests on the jaw joint such as seeing how the jaw moves and if there is any clicking or tenderness.
Evaluation of your bite: This check determines how the upper and lower teeth function in relation to one another. This helps us to see how the teeth are aligned and if there are any problems relating to the way the teeth fit together that may be producing excessive wear or headaches.
Personalised treatment plan: After all the necessary information has been gathered we will construct an ideal treatment plan that will correct any problems and prevent future ones. We will also discuss the cause of gum disease, dental decay, bite problems, the systemic links and the preventive measures that can improve your dental and overall health.
We will always spend time explaining and discussing your plan so you understand and are able to make an informed choice. If you require more time or appointments then you will have the time. We never want you to be feel rushed into making a decision. We will also discuss costs with you and timescales.