We aim to see our patients regularly (based on their risk factors) for routine dental examinations depending on what has been agreed with you by your dentist. A routine examination is essential for the care of the mouth, normally from three months - two year interval periods.
These periodic reviews are essential so that your dentist can review the condition of the mouth and check for early signs of dental disease oral cancer and early detection of other dental conditions that you may not be aware of. When you make an appointment with us for an initial check-up, we will always carry out an examination or assessment.
If you haven’t seen a dentist for several years because of fear or anxiety, please let us know beforehand so we can try to help you overcome your fears.
At your check-up, we will:
Carry out a full examination of your mouth, teeth and gums
Ask about your general health and any problems you have had with your teeth, mouth or gums since your last visit
Ask about and give advice on your diet smoking and drinking
Ask about your teeth-cleaning habits and give you advice on the most appropriate ways to keep your mouth, teeth and gums healthy
Explain any risks, as well as costs, of all treatment you may need including information on NHS and private treatments available to you .
Discuss with you when your next appointment will be.
After your dental examination we will recommend how often you should come to see us based upon your current dental health.
If you have problems with your teeth between check-ups, please try to contact us to make an earlier appointment.
The dental treatment plan
When you see your dentist for a check-up, we will first carry out an examination or assessment. This is the first part of each course of NHS treatment and is included in the Band 1 charge.
If your dentist recommends a Band 2 or Band 3 dental treatment, you’ll be given a personal dental treatment plan in advance. This outlines all the treatments you are having on the NHS and how much they will cost. Treatment plans are usually not given for Band 1 dental treatments, but please ask for one if you would like to have one.
You’ll be asked to sign the plan and you’ll be given a copy to keep. If you’re unhappy about agreeing to your treatment plan or signing it, you have the right to say no to all or any of the recommended treatments. You also have the right to seek a second opinion from another dentist. However, we will ask you to pay a Band 1 fee for the first consultation.