Before seeing the dentist we encourage you to
• make sure you have had something to eat- do not starve yourself
• make sure your teeth have been cleaned
• bring along a list of what medications you take
• be aware of what medical conditions you have
It is our preference that we see people for the first time at an examination appointment.
During this appointment the dentist is able to identify what issues are present in your mouth and discuss with you the different treatments available.
For this appointment 20 minutes is set aside. We ask that you arrive 5 to 10 minutes early so that we may enrol you and also get you to fill out a medical questionnaire.
It is usual that at the examination appointment 2 x-rays will be taken. These enable the dentist to view what is going on under your fillings and also between your teeth. Often other x-rays will need to be taken to check for abscessing teeth, the angle or shape of the root of your teeth, or to check the bone level around a tooth.
There is an additional charge for these x-rays but as few as possible will be taken.
The rest of the examination consists of the dentist checking your teeth, gums and soft tissues. Then it is usual for a clean to be done.
The cleaning of the teeth can be a little uncomfortable. Unfortunately plaque may have accumulated below the gum level around the teeth. Removing this will expose the tooth root to the oral environment and this can be sensitive initially.
A lot of people also comment that the cleaning makes their lower front teeth feel rough. This is because plaque will often grow and fill the gaps in between these teeth and so they will feel smooth. The cleaning will clean out the gaps. It will seem initially strange, but this is perfectly normal.
Most often, teeth can be cleaned in one session. However, sometimes it may be necessary to organise another session to get the teeth thoroughly cleaned.
Once the cleaning has been performed the dentist will usually discuss with you the problems and offer the treatments which they recommend.
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