So we can really get to know you and your teeth, we allocate a 30-minute appointment to allow enough time for you to discuss any concerns. For subsequent routine examinations we usually allow a 15 minute appointment, but we continue to keep a close eye on all elements of your dental health.
During your initial appointment, we may ask about your general health and any medications you are taking. This is important as many drugs and health conditions can affect your dental health and any necessary treatment. We may also ask you about your alcohol intake and tobacco use, which can affect your mouth as well as your overall well-being.
To make your experience with us as comfortable as possible, we may enquire about your past dental experiences and whether you are anxious about receiving treatment.
Then, during the examination, the dentist will check:
After this thorough assessment you may need x-rays to check for signs of decay underneath old fillings or in-between teeth. We can also look at the health of the bone that supports the teeth or check the roots of the teeth for signs of infection.
Your dentist will discuss your treatment options and the likely costs. We will then provide a written estimate and you will have the opportunity to ask any questions.