What happens at my dental check up?

At your initial dental examination you will meet your dentist and dental team, and be able to discuss any questions and treatment options you may have in mind.

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Your dentist will first discuss any medical problems you may have, as this may have an affect on your dental treatment. After this, your dentist will carry out a thorough examination of your mouth, checking your teeth and gums.

Your dentist will look for any cavities and any issues with fillings and crowns. To help investigate any problems you may have, x-rays) may be taken.

For children, six monthly check-ups are essential to monitor the development and health of their teeth. We can also give parents and children preventative advice regarding good oral hygiene techniques and dietary habits, to maintain a healthy mouth.

After checking your teeth and gums, your dentist will assess all the soft tissues of your mouth. This is important for oral cancer screening and diseases which you may be unaware of.

Your dentist will explain treatment options available and agree a treatment plan. Your dentist may also discuss smoking, alcohol consumption and diet as all these affect your mouth and teeth. It is important to have a dental check up at least every year, even if you have no teeth, as your dentist is able to identify if there is anything abnormal such as oral cancer or other types of disease.

After your check-up please feel free to ask any questions or ask about any treatment options you may have heard of or read about that you feel may be suitable for you.

Coronavirus:

We are committed to protecting our staff and patients, and have adapted our existing practices to make it Covid secure. There has been lots to do, from social distancing measures, to obtaining enhanced PPE, and adapting your patient journey experience. 

We’ve now re-opened our practices, giving priority to patients with dental emergencies such as pain, and swelling first, and are now pleased to offer more routine treatments and services. 

We are screening all patients for symptoms of Covid-19 prior to their visit, and are delighted to introduce our online patient portal, so you can access the forms we would routinely update in the comfort of your own home. This helps us reduce the number of patients in the practice and your time during face to face appointments.

Our telephone lines are particularly busy at present, so if your enquiry is not urgent, we encourage you to send us an email instead.

For advice and treatment outside of our normal working hours please phone The Lancashire Dental Helpline on 0300 1234 080.

We have provided some emergency care advice for our patients to help: https://idealdentalcare.co.uk/home/during-covid-19-period-dental-emergency-advice-for-patients/

For public information please use the link: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

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