Your First Dental Consultation at Larkham House
Our goal is to provide high quality and effective dental treatment in safe, regulated surroundings, making your visit as comfortable and effective as possible. We are very experienced in treating nervous dental patients so we will take good care of you and treat you as an individual, listen to your concerns and expectations at every step of the way.
We will carry out your oral health assessment
- We will ask you first to complete a short Medical History Form giving information about yourself before you are taken through to meet your dentist.
- Your dentist will start by asking you questions regarding your health and teeth
- They will then examine your teeth, gums, face and neck.
- You will have an extra-oral and intra-oral examination to check for any abnormalities which could lead to mouth cancer.
- Your dentist will assess decay levels and problem areas, these will be recorded by their dental nurse for the dentist to discuss with you.
- You may have X-rays taken to enable your dentist to see what is happening beneath the gums and under fillings etc.
We discuss your wishes and requirements
Once we have gathered all the information, your dentist will discuss and explain treatment options and solutions to provide you with a bespoke treatment plan for your journey to a lifetime of healthy teeth, gums and mouth.
For simple routine checks the hygienist or filings may be all that is needed. For more complex issues, further tests and investigations may be carried out before a treatment plan is agreed with you. Prior to any treatment commencing you will receive a written plan and cost estimates.
We treat all our patients with dignity, understanding and respect. We are equipped to deal with treatment ranging from general dentistry to specialised procedures whilst taking into consideration any pain or anxiety you may experience.
Why are regular dental check-ups important?
- Oral Cancer Detection
Your dentist is highly trained to recognise these signs and symptoms of Oral cancer, and with regular dental check-ups, the likelihood of catching oral cancer in time is dramatically higher.
- Prevent plaque, Tartar, and Dental Cavities
There are still small areas in the mouth that are missed by a regular brushing and flossing. When plaque builds up it becomes hard turning into tartar which is difficult to remove without a hygienist’s help and could lead to cavities.
- We spot problems before they get worse
Our dentists check for cavities or other problems. Tooth decay is easier to treat at its earliest stages.
- You establish good communication between you and your dentist
We want to ensure that you have a healthy smile, communication is key to a successful partnership, so speak with your dentist about your concerns, and we will come up with a treatment plan to make you as comfortable as possible.
- You can keep your body healthy
Poor dental hygiene can lead to other diseases and conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, osteoporosis and endocarditis (the infection of the heart lining. ) Gum disease has also been linked to low birth weight and premature birth.
- Set an example to your children
Children’s dentistry is so important, children should start seeing a dentist as soon as they have their first tooth. so bring them in to your appointments so that they can get used to the dental surgery.