What to Expect at Routine Appointments
Routine Dental Appointments
Here is some of what your dentist is looking for during a dental examination:
- The early signs of tooth decay or wear.
- Damaged or missing teeth.
- The condition of your gums, such as periodontal pockets, inflammation or the presence of plaque and other signs of gum disease (which can lead to tooth and bone loss).
- To see how previous dental work such as root canals, fillings and crowns are holding up.
- The early signs of mouth or throat cancer, such as white lesions or blocked salivary glands, lumps or bumps.
- Anything else suspicious, such as growths or cysts.
- The position of your teeth. Assessing your bite and checking how your teeth meet together for optimal function.
- Signs that you clench or grind your teeth (a treatable problem that can cause headaches or a sore jaw and can, if serious, lead to tooth loss).
- Signs of bleeding or inflammation on your tongue, the roof or floor of your mouth.
- The overall health and function of your temporo-mandibular joint (the jaw joint), checking for signs of disorders that can cause pain or tenderness.
- The general condition of the bones in your face, jaw and around your mouth.
Radiographs (X-rays) may be taken, to show areas not directly visible, such as bone, areas between teeth, under fillings and the roots of teeth.
Routine Hygiene Appointments.
Our Hygienists are experts who will help you keep your mouth in the best possible state of health, both in the prevention and treatment of periodontal disease.
- Carry out a complete Periodontal examination, charting and using indices to measure and monitor gum disease.
- Undertake the removal of damaging plaque from all the nooks and crannies where it collects around your teeth.
- Give appropriate advice and dental health education.
- Show you the best ways to keep your teeth clear of plaque with tooth brushing, flossing and other techniques.
At routine appointments we will also ask about your general health and will give you advice about how to maintain a healthy lifestyle, including if necessary where to find help to give up smoking.
We will plan your next visit and any treatment you may need.
We will give you a printed, individual treatment plan and clear information on the proposed costs involved.
If you are a new patient or there have been any changes in your health, we would like you to complete an up to date medical history form. The form can be download here for you to complete ready for your next visit.