You don’t want to be too early for your appointment as you might have to sit around and wait and that can add to any nervous feelings you might have. Arriving 10-15 minutes before the actual appointment time is good as your dentist will probably want you to look through a medical history questionnaire, and fill out any details. It’s quite important then to have to hand the details of any medications that you are currently taking and any major illnesses or operations that you have had in the past. This may feel insignificant to you, but it may have an important bearing on any medication that the dentist might want to prescribe for you.
Your clinical assessments include:
- Radiographs – Where necessary, we will take x-rays of your teeth so we can assess the health of the foundations of your current smile. We may also decide to take an OPG x-ray, which gives us a great overall view of what’s going on in your mouth as a whole.
- Photographs – Essential for treatment planning and a great communication tool to use with our laboratory when assessing facial shape and symmetry.
- Tooth Check – A thorough assessment of the health, function and appearance of your teeth and any existing restorations.
- Gum Health – We will carry out an extensive gum assessment to assess again the foundation of your teeth. We may recommend a Hygienist programme after this and/or bespoke home care products.
- Bite Records – Looking at and recording how your teeth meet and move across each other – this is important in terms of the function of any new restorations we may provide.
- Jaw Joint – We assess your external jaw joints because the regular occurrence of headaches and migraines is often closely related to ‘bite’ issues.
- Internal Soft Tissue – We assess the health of tongue, cheeks and palate, and carry out a comprehensive Oral Cancer Screening at each consultation.
- External Soft Tissue – We assess the glands around your neck and lips, noting facial profile and skin shade.
- Lifestyle – We will discuss your existing diet and lifestyle, including factors such as smoking and alcohol consumption, which can affect the health of your teeth. We will also ask you about your general health and medication.
- About You – We always promise to listen to and understand your wants and needs. We believe that it’s important to get to know you, to build a sense of trust, in order to give you the care you need. These consultations give you plenty of time to relax and chat without feeling as though you’re on a conveyor belt.
Working from home meant we could vary snack and coffee breaks, change our desks…