Examination

Coronavirus COVID-19 Update

Latest announcement by the government in the news that dentist can open on the 8th June 2020.

Throughout the pandemic, we have been clear that our first priority is the wellbeing of our patients and staff and this continues to be the case. As a result, the practice will only be reopening once we are satisfied that we have all of the necessary processes and personal protective equipment in place to ensure everyone’s safety.

Dentists were not given any notice of our reopening date and the information was only received via the daily briefing.  We are working around the clock to get protocols and procedures in place based on the latest guidance made available.

We will contact patient via email with more information about when the practice will reopen and will also be updating the website. In the meantime, please do not attempt to make a new appointment or attend the practice in person for any reason unless you are asked to do so. If you need advice, or if you are in need of urgent dental treatment, you should continue to call the practice and leave a voicemail. One of the dentists will return your call and be able to help.

We are determined to support patients who need care as quickly as possible and will be opening the practice to provide further treatments as soon as we are safely able to do so. We will keep you fully informed throughout this process

Tips to help manage dental problems until you can see a dentist:

Click on the following link Managing Toothache at Home (pdf document)

 

A comprehensive medical history is always taken first, so that we can take care of you while providing dental treatment. It is absolutely crucial that we know all your medical conditions as well as any medication you may be on as this may affect your dental treatment.

In order to discuss your problems and the treatments you require we may use digital X rays as well as digital photography.
During your dental examination we will not only have a look at your teeth but also all your soft tissues. We will:

  • Record teeth present and restorations (e.g. fillings, crowns and dentures present)
  • Check and record caries and defective restorations
  • Check and record level of oral hygiene and gum disease (a high percentage of people have gum disease without knowing)
  • Check your occlusion (bite)
  • Check for ulcers and lumps and other signs of mouth cancer inside the cheeks, palate, tongue and floor of mouth.
  • Check the health of the jaw joints (TMJ), and lumps under the jaw.  

Where treatment is required we will schedule an appointment and give you, if required, written treatment plans and costs.

DIGITAL RADIOGRAPHY

For patients safety and convenience we use digital radiography.

Why are digital X-Rays better?

  • The digital dental X-ray system is more sensitive than dental X-ray film systems, so your exposure to X-rays is cut by as much as 90 percent.
  • The large, colour-enhanced images let you see what your dentist sees, so it's easier for you to understand how your dentist will treat your teeth.
  • Your fees don't include payment for photo chemicals, film, processing or film storage. Used photo chemicals and film are not polluting the environment.
  • Your dental checkups take less time, and it means you can view your images on the computer.