Welcome to The Dental Clinic Radlett! We understand that stepping into a new dental practice can sometimes feel a bit overwhelming. That’s why we’ve crafted a welcoming and informative process to make your initial visit as comfortable as possible.
Your Initial Consultation
At your first consultation with us, we’re here to gather essential information about your medical history and take care of the necessary administration details. We want to get to know you better, so please feel free to share any relevant medical conditions, medications, or past dental experiences.
You’ll then have the opportunity to meet with our dentist, who will attentively listen to your dental concerns. During this crucial appointment, our dentist will conduct a comprehensive 13-point dental health check, which covers a wide range of aspects to ensure your oral health and overall well-being.
What Our 13-Point Dental Health Check Includes
- Medical Assessment: We stay updated on your general health and consider any medications or illnesses you’ve had, as they can affect your oral tissues. Your future dental care may require special precautions.
- Listening to You: We value your input and will carefully listen to your reports of any changes or issues in your mouth since your last dental visit.
- Smile Satisfaction: Your smile matters to us, and we’ll discuss any concerns or desires you have regarding its appearance. Modern treatments can enhance your smile, regardless of your age.
- Monitoring Past Treatments: We keep a watchful eye on any previous dental treatments to ensure they’re still performing as intended.
- Assessing Tooth Health: We examine all your teeth for signs of damage, decay, wear, or any other concerning symptoms.
- Restoration Check: Your existing restorations, like fillings, will be thoroughly inspected to ensure they’re in good condition.
- Bite Evaluation: We assess how your teeth come together when you bite, which affects your overall comfort and the health of your jaw and head (known as ‘occlusion’).
- Oral Tissues: We perform a comprehensive check of all the tissues inside your mouth, including an essential oral cancer screening.
- External Examination: We also examine areas outside the mouth, including glands, jaw joints, muscles, and more.
- Gum Health: Assessing your gum or periodontal condition is vital, as gum disease can progress silently. Healthy gums are key to preserving your natural teeth.
- Plaque and Bacteria: We check for the presence of plaque and bacteria, as they are primary contributors to tooth and gum diseases. Regular visits to the hygienist are crucial for plaque control.
- Radiographs (X-rays): When necessary, we review or renew radiographs to monitor your jaw bone’s health.
- Comprehensive Tooth Examination: We meticulously check the areas inside, under, and between your teeth, typically renewing radiographs for these assessments approximately every two years.
Creating Your Personalised Treatment Plan
After completing the 13-point dental health check, your dentist will sit down with you to discuss your expectations and needs. We’ll design a dental treatment plan tailored specifically to you. During this discussion, we’ll explore different options, ensuring the plan aligns with your preferences and requirements.
You’ll receive a written treatment plan that outlines the proposed treatments and associated costs. We believe in transparency and want you to feel confident in your decisions.
Your Questions Matter
If you have any questions or uncertainties at any stage of your dental journey, please don’t hesitate to ask us. We’re here to help and guide you. If we don’t have an immediate answer, we’ll connect you with a team member who does.
A Commitment to Your Dental Health
We encourage all our patients to schedule regular dental health checks. With the support of our oral hygienist, we can work together as a team to maintain excellent dental health. Your active involvement, following our advice, regular check-ups, daily oral hygiene routines, sharing your goals, and asking questions will contribute to achieving long-term dental well-being.
Your journey to optimal dental health begins here at The Dental Clinic Radlett. We look forward to helping you achieve and maintain a healthy, confident smile.