What is a Dental Exam?
Our dental exams give us the opportunity to not only evaluate both the short term and long term condition of your teeth, but also help us help you maintain your oral and overall health.
We utilize radiographs, lasers and an intra oral camera to help us diagnose and record your dental and oral health.
Please allow 50-70minutes for your initial full thorough examination together with radiographs. If you have had radiographs taken recently, please contact reception before the appointment so we can organise the transfer of your radiographs from your previous dentist ahead of you examination appointment. You will need to fill out a form for this transfer to occur and these forms can be emailed to you ahead of the appointment time.
If you wear a splint or any type of guard for grinding your teeth, or for orthodontic or whitening purposes – please bring these with you to your appointment. You will need to fill out a medical history form before the appointment so consider coming in 5-10 minutes early to allow you to fill out the form or alternatively fill it out online before the appointment by clicking here. Free Parking is available below the building ( access via railway terrace) and entry is via Park Road between the optometrist and restaurant. Train station is right across the road from the surgery. Our surgery is wheelchair accessible.
Full Thorough dental exams are vital for Oral Health and involve:
This includes but is not limited to muscle palpation for muscular tension, regular headache evaluation, screening for jaw clicks and locks.
This includes checking the soft and hard tissues of the oral cavity including salivary glands, hard and soft palate, tongue etc.
We check the health of your gums and gum pockets to ensure you don’t have gum disease. Gum disease is one of the leading causes of tooth loss.
We come up with a personal Oral Hygiene Plan for you if required and will recommend the right tools to use to fit in with your lifestyle and what will help you fight gum disease and tooth decay in the long run.
we check your teeth for cavities, weak spots, hairline cracks and infections.
We review your snoring to see if it is sleep Apnoea related and treat you for it if desired and requested.
Saliva is your nuber one defesnse against decay and bad breath. If your salivary function is decreased we review what could be causing it.
We review your tooth color to see if it fites in the range of normal and advise what can be done to brighten your smile including a clean, whitening/ bonding and veneers. We also review what foods could be staining your teeth.
We review your bite and see if it allows you to have a healthy dentition for life.
We take xrays required in house and review your teeth for cavities and infections, your jaw bone for bone loss that could be associated to gum disease , as well as evaluate your jaw joint for TMJ.