Dental Examination

On the first visit to our practice the first thing we will do after greeting you is to ask you to fill in a record card. Children on their first visit to the surgery are treated in exactly the same way as an adult. You will then be asked to fill in a dental health questionnaire as well as a comprehensive medical history form.
As soon as this is done one your dentist will introduce himself and will take a thorough dental history, asking about what sort of treatment you have had, any problems or issues you are concerned about.
Usually a dental examination is followed by the taking of x-rays, but this depends on a number of issues including clinical needs and medical history, the radiographs are then examined and the examination completed.
The dental examination is a detailed exam that involves the dentist analyzing your radiographs. The dentist then examines the soft tissues including the cheeks, palate, throat, tongue, floor of the mouth, and your lips. The purpose of the soft tissue examination is to detect pathological changes in the tissues that line the inside of the mouth. While the vast majority of pathology in the mouth is benign, precancerous and cancerous changes in the oral tissues may be found. It is best if detected at an early stage when it can be successfully treated. Tobacco and heavy alcohol use are major risk factors for oral cancer, and this is one of the reasons why we take a thorough comprehensive medical history.

The teeth are evaluated for cracks, decay, cavities etc. The dentist will also look for problems such as food traps and bleeding gums. The dentist will also ask about issues that concern the patient: previous dental experiences, problems with taste and breath, as well as issues with appearance.
As part of best practice we always do an Oral Health and Oral Cancer Screen which involves assessment of the risk factors as well as a thorough examination of the soft and hard tissues. The dentist looks for any problems that a patient may have including oral cancer, cysts, benign tumours, or oral signs of cancer in other parts of the face.
We use an intraoral fibre optic video camera to look inside your mouth. This technology makes it possible to see intraoral areas and features in a highly magnified and illuminated way not normally possible otherwise. This video scan is visible on a TV screen as we use the camera, so the patient can see the full colour, live, real-time images of their teeth and other intraoral tissues In adults a gum disease screening probe is usually inserted between the gums and teeth to detect any signs of early or advanced gum disease.
After the full dental examination the dentist prepares a personalized treatment plan in writing for each patient, the plan includes the costs of any proposed treatments, the treatment plan is then discussed fully with the patient and the patient is informed about all the alternative options.
A financial plan can then be devised so that the patient can obtain this needed care.
You can expect to be treated with great care, professional skill and focused attention during your visits. Several times a week, we receive compliments from our patients about our easy going manner, and about our habit of explaining each step as well as giving written treatment plans. We have found that these methods greatly reduce fear and anxiety, and ease the patient through the procedures.

Please contact White Rose Dental Studio for an appointment and more information.