Coronavirus (COVID-19) Notice

The Government recently announced that dentists could reopen from 8th June. For the majority of practices, including ours, this was unreasonably short notice. We reopened to patients from 1 July but are only able to do the most simple treatments at present.

At first, we need to prioritise appointments for people who have been having problems over the last few months as our first priority, and those with outstanding treatment from before lockdown. If you have a scheduled check-up in the near future, it is likely that we will cancel this to free up time for more urgent cases and we hope that you will contact us again in a few months time to reschedule that appointment. You can find more information in this article.

If you have an urgent problem, please call 01784 253140 to speak to our reception staff so that we can offer advice or an appointment as necessary.

Updated 7 July 2020

Examination

The patient examination, or check-up, is carried out at the patient's first visit and at subsequent intervals to monitor the patient's oral health and check for changes.

First of all, the dentist will want to know if there is any medical condition or prescribed medication that needs to be considered. Next, he and the patient have a short discussion to communicate if there are any particular concerns or problems that the patient would like checked.

The dentist will carefully check the teeth and any existing restorations, assess the gums using a special probe and examine other soft tissues around the mouth. He would be looking for signs of tooth decay, gum disease and other diseases.

Once this is complete, he will report his findings and explain what may need to be done and any options the patient may like to consider. If no treatment is required, a suggestion for the timing of the next examination appointment, e.g. in six months or a year, will be made.

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