New & Nervous Patients

Your First Appointment

New patient consultations are a time for you to meet the team and to get to know the practice. You and your dentist will use it as a time to gather information about each other. Most importantly we will listen to what you want to achieve from your dentist.

When you first arrive you will be greeted by our receptionist, who can answer any questions you may have about the practice. They will show you to the waiting room, where you can relax with a newspaper or magazine, and a hot or cold drink (and toys for the children).

You may be asked to fill out our confidential Medical History Form. Your medical history is very important as certain conditions and medications can affect your teeth and/or the way we provide treatment.

You will then be introduced to your Dentist who will:

  • Discuss with you any concerns, what your wishes and needs are and any previous experiences you wish to talk about.
  • We will assess your risk from oral cancer, taking into consideration smoking and alcohol consumption. We will examine the soft tissues of your mouth for any other changes in appearance.
  • We will check your jaws and jaw muscles to ensure that your jaw is working correctly.
  • We will assess the condition of your existing teeth and restorations that may be present.
  • We will take measurements around the teeth and gums to assess for any gum disease.
  • We will assess your overall smile and advise you how we can improve it if you so wish.
  • We will take X-rays, to check underneath existing fillings or crowns and also for any signs of decay, and we will also take intra-oral photographs. These can both then be shown to you immediately on a screen in front of you. This allows you to understand your mouth in a way you have never experienced at the dentist before!

Following this examination your dentist will discuss all the treatment options available to you and give you a detailed written estimate. We will help you to gain a clear understanding of what is happening in your mouth and the steps on how to keep it healthy.

Normally no treatment is provided on your first appointment unless you need emergency care.