The initial consultation is used to gather as much information as possible in order to give you options for treatment and ensure we gain your informed consent before proceeding.
What should you expect?
We require lots of information, which means that we ask many questions. This will involve enquiring about your past medical history and also lifestyle questions which can influence your dental health.
We will carry out an extensive examination of your mouth looking for signs of tooth decay, gum disease and undertake an oral cancer screening. Where appropriate x-rays of your teeth and other special tests will be taken to help identify any problems.
All the findings from the examination will be discussed with you and we will give you as much information as possible to help you understand treatment options. In most cases a treatment plan will be formulated during this appointment taking into consideration your wishes and desires. If your case is complex other more specialized investigations might be required and occasionally an additional appointment may be needed to discuss it with you.
Once you are completely happy and understand the treatment plan including the costs involved, we will ask for your consent by signing and keeping a copy of the treatment plan. This is a very important part of this appointment as it gives you the opportunity to ask any questions about the plan. However, you can contact us at any time if you wish to re discuss any aspect of it.
Routine examinations in the past were carried out every 6 months. We now recommend carrying these out at intervals according to the risk of dental disease for each individual patient. This can mean that you may need to be seen more or less frequently than 6 months. Patients with very low risk may be seen every 1 to 2 years while those with higher risk every 3 to 6 months with additional intervention from the Dental Therapist. Your risk will be identified at your initial consultation. Routine examinations are important to attend to ensure that treatments have been successful and to identify and try and prevent future problems .
We process Dental X-rays digitally. This enables us to keep x-ray exposure to patients as low as possible. The quality of the xrays images are superior to those developed conventionally (with chemicals). It is easier to show patients x-ray images as they can be enlarged and displayed on a screen thus improving explanations of treatment options.