Do new patients need a dental health check?
Absolutely, not only do we need to get to know you and what your concerns may be, but planning is the most important part of dentistry. This makes sure everything is completed in the right order and in such a way that allows us to best provide any treatment.
What happens at the first appointment?
After introducing you to us we start by having an informal discussion to find out more about you and allow you to get to know us. You can ask any questions you may have.
We then move on to examining your mouth, once comfortable and with protective glasses on we gently examine all of the relevant tissues.
After taking any relevant xrays we need we sit you up and discuss with you all our findings and diagnosis.
We then go on to talk to you about all of the options available to you and let you ask any questions you may have at this point.
Once we both have all the information we can design a treatment plan for you.
Will I need x-rays?
Once we have identified any concerns, x-rays allow us to assess what’s going on underneath your tissues. We need x-rays to make a full assessment, and once we have them we can make a full diagnosis. We take routine x-rays at set intervals (usually 6 months to 2 years) depending on how worried we are about any further dental disease occurring. We use digital X-ray machines this halves the dose of radiation compared to conventional x-rays.