Examination

Coronavirus COVID-19 Update

Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic we want to inform you that the practice will be closed from Monday 23rd March 2020 until the end of April and possibly longer. During this period we  will be running an emergency telephone triage/advise service for any patient who may require this Monday to Friday. We kindly request that only patients needing emergency advise leave messages on our answerphone.

We wish all our patients well and hope you all stay safe and look forward to seeing you once this crisis is over.

Tips to help manage dental problems until you can see a dentist:

Click on the following link Managing Toothache at Home (pdf document)

A comprehensive medical history is always taken first, so that we can take care of you while providing dental treatment. It is absolutely crucial that we know all your medical conditions as well as any medication you may be on as this may affect your dental treatment.

In order to discuss your problems and the treatments you require we may use digital X rays as well as digital photography.
During your dental examination we will not only have a look at your teeth but also all your soft tissues. We will:

  • Record teeth present and restorations (e.g. fillings, crowns and dentures present)
  • Check and record caries and defective restorations
  • Check and record level of oral hygiene and gum disease (a high percentage of people have gum disease without knowing)
  • Check your occlusion (bite)
  • Check for ulcers and lumps and other signs of mouth cancer inside the cheeks, palate, tongue and floor of mouth.
  • Check the health of the jaw joints (TMJ), and lumps under the jaw.  

Where treatment is required we will schedule an appointment and give you, if required, written treatment plans and costs.

DIGITAL RADIOGRAPHY

For patients safety and convenience we use digital radiography.

Why are digital X-Rays better?

  • The digital dental X-ray system is more sensitive than dental X-ray film systems, so your exposure to X-rays is cut by as much as 90 percent.
  • The large, colour-enhanced images let you see what your dentist sees, so it's easier for you to understand how your dentist will treat your teeth.
  • Your fees don't include payment for photo chemicals, film, processing or film storage. Used photo chemicals and film are not polluting the environment.
  • Your dental checkups take less time, and it means you can view your images on the computer.