For your first visit, a full examination and then a friendly chat is often all that is needed or required. This gives you the opportunity to explain what you need or expect from us. We only provide treatment at a first visit if you ask us to, for example, if you have an immediate dental problem such as pain, a broken tooth or bleeding gums.
We use the appropriate diagnostic tools such as X-rays, models, photographs, visual examination, full periodontal exam, cancer screening, and aesthetic evaluations.
During your first appointment, we carefully examine:
- The soft areas inside and around your mouth.
- The health of your gums, and your vulnerability to gum and tooth problems
- Your teeth, (whether natural or not!). If any problems are detected, we will inform you
- Your treatment choices. We shall discuss the pros and cons of any appropriate treatment options with you
If we are to help you it is absolutely essential to know exactly what is going on beneath the gum line and inside the teeth, where we cannot see. As a health precaution we advocate that the x-rays taken are kept to the minimal amount clinically possible and prescribed on an individual basis.
We carefully follow the current national guidelines for dental radiography and use modern, low radiation dose dental x-ray machines.We offer OPG radiographs too at our clinics. The health and safety of our patients is paramount.