During an initial examination, which usually takes 45 minutes, we carry out a comprehensive check of your whole mouth. Our aim is to take a thorough and individualised approach taking into account your medical and dental history, while listening to your queries and concerns.
The examination process is aided by digital radiographs (X-rays) and an intra-oral camera.
The benefits of digital radiographs are that your exposure to radiation is greatly reduced (about 50% less than regular radiographs), results are quickly available and the image can be enhanced or magnified to aid diagnosis. The data files can be easily forwarded to specialists or other dentists as required and copies can be made simply.
The intra-oral camera allows us to show and record valuable images such as the appearance of the gums, surface condition of fillings, small areas of decay, cracks and staining on teeth – things that can’t be seen on radiographs. Most of our patients find this insight into their mouth fascinating, allowing them to become more involved in the examination process and improving their understanding of oral health issues. But of course, if you prefer not see that’s okay too.
We will discuss with you any issues we have identified, present the various treatment options, and then devise a personalised treatment plan. If complex treatment is required a written comprehensive treatment plan and estimate of fees will be provided.
Specialist referrals will be organised if this is in your best interest.
Regular recall visits are important for the maintenance of good oral health and the prevention of dental problems such as decay and periodontal (gum) disease. Depending on your individual needs, it is recommended that most people have periodic examinations every 6 to 12 months. A periodic examination is usually incorporated into a hygiene appointment, so that your mouth is checked and your teeth cleaned in one convenient appointment.