The cornerstone of our assessments is finding out more about you. We want to know what your concerns are, what you like and don't like about your teeth. We want to know about your previous experiences and what you would like from the consultation.
We ask patients to complete full medical history questionnaires, including any medication and lifestyle indicators to keep you safe and tailor your care.
Every new and regular patient will have a gentle examination of their neck and jaw line. We check for any health changes to underlying structures, muscles, variations from average
We also feel and observe how the jaw joint opened, moves and closes by asking you to open and close your mouth with fingers placed just in front of your ear. This can highlight any problems with your jaw joint (TMJ).
Every new and regular patient will have a thorough check of the soft tissues inside the mouth. This includes the lips, cheeks, hard and soft palate and all surfaces of the tongue.
We check for a wide range of variations of normal to findings which may warrant further checks after discussions with the patient.
We check the health of gums at every assessment. This helps us to highlight any inflammation in your gums, any areas being missed when cleaning, or any changes to the bone supporting your teeth.
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When we see new patients, it takes a little longer to record which teeth are present and what treatment (if any) has already been completed.
We take time to undertaken a comprehensive check of all teeth and existing work.
It is good practice for us to carry out x-rays for new patients and at during your routine dental check-ups (at intervals pre-discussed with you).
X-rays allow us to not only identify existing problems which might not be visable during a routine dental examination yet, but to be aware of any problems that may present in the future.
We discuss with you what type of x-ray we recommend and why. The digital films we use are small and the image is ready within a minute.
Your dentist (or dental nurse) will set the machine up and normally leave the room before taking the x-ray whilst keeping you in sight.
We will only recommend having x-rays when they believe it to be necessary and follow the FGDP Standards: Selection Criteria for Dental Radiography guidelines.
We like to see all children for their first dental visit before they turn 1 year old.
This is to ensure that dental care advice including diet, cleaning and teething tips are given at the right time to prevent avoidable problems.
After this we like to see children every 6 months to review the health of deciduous (baby) and adult teeth.
This includes the position and development of teeth. We have active discussions with parents and children regarding if and when a referral for orthodontic treatment (with a range braces) is wanted. We have excellent referral links to NHS and private orthodontic services for under 18's in the region.