Our friendly team look forward to welcoming you to the practice. We understand that visiting the dentist can be a daunting experience for many patients and that it is common for patients to describe themselves as being ’scared’ of the dentist, often as a result of negative experiences in the past. It is one of our core aims to turn this thought on its head and to try and make your visits something positive, something that dare we say you even look forward to!
At your first visit your dentist will discuss any concerns you have or any dental anxieties so we can plan how best to make your dental care as comfortable as possible. We will then discuss and listen to any specific concerns you have with your teeth, your oral health or cosmetic concerns. A thorough oral health assessment will be carried out to include:
- A screening of your oral soft tissues, including checking for signs of oral cancer
- An assessment of the jaw joints and chewing muscles, if appropriate
- A gentle examination of your teeth and existing fillings and crowns
- A check of the gum health and the support of the teeth
- Dental x-rays, if appropriate, to look for less obvious problems
- Close-up photographs or a digital scan of your teeth so we can show you your teeth in detail and to help monitor for changes over the years.
We hope to find that you have a nice healthy mouth. However, if we do find any problems, we will go through the different options available to treat them and discuss the benefits, risks and costs of each option. We will make a recommendation on what treatment option is ideal and what we would do if we were in your shoes. However, we respect our patients autonomy and will always support whichever treatment option you go for, even if it is that is to have no treatment. You will be given a printed plan with the different treatment options, and given time to consider them.
We believe that prevention is better than cure and it is considered best practice to have regular hygienist appointments for professional cleaning of soft and hardened plaque (tartar) and personalised feedback on how to care better for your teeth and gums at home. We will agree together how often your routine examination and hygienist appointments will be. For most patients this will be every 6 or 12 months.