What Happens at the First Dental Visit?
At your first visit, before you even see a dentist, we will take all of your details and ask you some questions about your dental and general health for our records. We will check your medical history and gain your consent for any treatment that you might receive at the surgery. We take time to get to know you so that we can offer the correct form of treatment going forward.
At your first check-up, your dentist will do an assessment of your oral health. This is a painless procedure and will involve an inspection of your mouth, teeth and gums. Your dentist will be checking your teeth, fillings and gums.
This is your opportunity to discuss any problems or issues that you have with your dentist. If you have a specific concern or are looking for a certain type of treatment, your dentist can discuss this with you and possibly direct you to another area of specialist treatment for a future appointment.
Your dentist may discuss your oral hygiene routine and give advice about your oral health, diet and lifestyle. You will be told when you should book in to see your dentist again for another routine appointment.
As part of your first visit, we will take X-Rays of your teeth. This is a quick process and is unobtrusive, but it will form a vital part of your dental records at our surgery.
X-Rays are used to form a better picture of your oral health and will show any issues or problems that might not have been detected from your initial assessment. X-Rays will show up any oral infections, cavities, gum disease plus any form of oral tumours.
Booking Further Appointments
After your initial assessment, you will be invited to book another routine appointment for either 6 months or 12 months’ time.
You are welcome at this stage to book an appointment for a different dental service. This may include booking to see one of our expert orthodontists, hygienists or to book to discuss a specific treatment such as teeth whitening or dental implants.