examinations are the key to detecting problems early when they can be treated
more readily. In addition to a close visual
examination we have a range of the latest technologies at our disposal to
help with the process. These include laser scanners, and digital imaging.
see your examination as an opportunity not only to detect tooth decay and
gum disease but also a chance to screen for other health problems
that are detectable in your mouth. it is possible that a trip to the
dentist could provide an early warning for up to 15 serious general health
problems. In addition we also record the blood pressure at each
examination visit for our adult patients. This allows us to provide
"early warning" for the serious problems that can result
from undetected high blood pressure.
examine your face, lips, tongue, cheek, floor of mouth,
palate, throat and neck for Oral
Cancer or any other disease that may affect them.
will examine you for: decay in healthy teeth, decay round fillings,
crowns and bridges, decay of tooth roots, acid erosion, tooth
wear from grinding or tooth brushing and the function of your
will examine your mouth for gum recession, gum bleeding, gum
pocketing and gum disease.
salivary glands, jaw joints, and dentures if worn are all
your examination, the dentist will discuss with you exactly what he sees
and explain in detail any problems which he perceives with your mouth.
At this stage we often ask your permission to carry out further tests
for example x-rays or sensitivity testing of specific teeth.
all of the specific tests have been completed, we will discuss with you
how you wish to proceed. Modern Dentistry is all about patient choice.
We simply aim to make you aware of all of the options open to you in a
given situation. The practice team is here to help make you aware of any
dental problems which you have and then to assist in your decision
most people this is a simple procedure taking only a few minutes however
if you require complex treatment or a long treatment plan the dentists
and staff will be happy to discuss things with you at length until you
are completely happy.
essence of any visit to the dentist is that it is your mouth and your
teeth. It is not for us to tell you what to do, but merely provide
advice and information to help you make the right choices for your
endeavour to keep our patients fully informed at all times about their
treatment both in terms of what is required and the cost. At the end of
your examination appointment we will provide you with a written
treatment plan outlining exactly what treatment we have agreed on. This
will list the time required to complete each aspect of your
treatment and the cost involved.
exact time between examinations varies from person to person depending
on your level of dental health, we usually
recommend an interval between six and 12 months to most of our patients. By checking your
mouth regularly, we can catch most problems at an earlier stage when
they are more amenable to treatment. For example, if certain areas of
decay are detected at an early stage, they can be treated preventatively
thus avoiding the need for a filling.