General DentistryCheck Ups
At Heronsgate Dental Centre we believe in a preventative approach to dentistry, and so we recommend regular check-ups and cleaning to reduce the need for treatments, or the possible loss of teeth. And why not spread the costs of your visits across the year by joining our dental plan? Not only could you save up to £153 a year, but joining our plans encourages regular attendance, thereby improving your oral health!
Just like giving your car an MOT, it is important to have regular check-ups with your dentist to ensure that your teeth and gums are as healthy as they can be. Regular check-ups also give your dentist the chance to spot any problems at an early stage, making them easier to fix and reducing the level of treatment required.
When you visit Heronsgate Dental Centre for a check-up you can expect several things from your appointment:-
- Medical history review – when you visit us for the first time you will be asked to complete a Medical History Form. It is important for your dentist to have an accurate picture of your all round medical health, as this will enable them to provide dental care tailored to your needs. At your next visits you will be asked whether your health is the same, and if there has been a significant interval between your visits, you may be asked to complete the form again to ensure we have an accurate picture of your health.
- Examination and Charting – during your check up your dentist will examine inside your mouth. They will examine each tooth, as well as your lips, gums, and tongue, and they will record their findings in your patient record using the latest dental software. If this is your first visit, this examination and charting will give your dentist a baseline against which they can measure your oral health at subsequent visits.
- X-Rays – during your first visit to Heronsgate Dental Centre, your dentist will (unless you’re pregnant) take x-rays of your teeth using our modern digital x-ray machine. These x-rays will enable your dentist to see inside your teeth and below the gum-line, allowing them to assess any hidden tooth decay or bone loss. At subsequent appointments your dentist will discuss with you whether x-rays are required.
- Treatment planning – having assessed your teeth from the examination and x-rays, your dentist will now be able to advise you on any treatment you may require, giving you all the available options, the benefits and risks of each, and any costs that may be associated with them. You will of course be able to ask your dentist about these in depth, allowing you to make an educated decision about your future treatment.
- Oral hygiene advice – your dentist will also provide you with advice on how to maintain or improve your oral health. This could include brushing or flossing advice, recommendations on diet and other lifestyle factors affecting your oral health such as alcohol and smoking, or just a pat on the back if your oral health is good!