The dental check up or examination is so much more than checking your teeth. First we will listen to you, your past experiences, what you don’t like about your teeth, what you do like too! We will take a full medical history so we understand if you are taking medication what impact that may have on your dentition.
Our dental examination will then be a thorough inspection of all the dental tissues including your head and neck, the soft linings or the oral cavity. This is to carry out a full oral cancer screen. We know that many cancers can show up early on but be hard for you to spot. If we catch these early then treatment success is greatly improved.
We then inspect your gums, teeth and existing restorations. At this point we may well take x-rays to check for hidden decay and other problems.
Once the examination is complete we will formulate a plan for you and of course, discuss this fully with you. Options will be discussed and you will be fully included in the treatment planning process. We will also discuss costs with you so you can be confident that when you leave the practice you know exactly the treatment you have chosen along with time scales and costs.
Sometimes decisions cannot be made at one appointment and models of your teeth may be required to assess further. If you also have choices you may not be ready to make a decision straight away and can discuss this further with Beth, our Treatment Co-ordinator.