What is a dental check-up?
At a dental check-up appointment, our dentists will examine your teeth, mouth and gums to ensure your mouth is healthy. It’s also a chance for them to find any potential problems you may have. We recommend you should have regular check-ups and you will be advised on how often to best meet your individual needs. Your dentist will let you know during your appointment when you next need to come back.
What’s involved in a check-up?
At every check-up, your dentist will:
- Examine your mouth, teeth, gums, cheeks and tongue.
- Ask you questions about any problems or pain you’ve had since your last check-up.
- Give you advice on things you can do to improve your oral health such as recommendations on your diet, how to brush, oral hygiene, etc…
Your dentist may also need to take X-rays of your mouth to check for any hidden problems such as decay and bone loss due to gum disease.
If you have a buildup of plaque, you may be referred to a hygienist to perform a scale and polish, or your dentist may do this straight away if necessary. Sometimes, hygienist treatments are carried out in the same appointment as your check-up.
Your dentist will also check for any signs of mouth cancer or other general diseases that can affect the mouth at each dental check-up. If any further problems are identified, your dentist will recommend the next steps to take.
How long does a dental check-up take and how much does it cost?
Our Check up appointment lengths vary depending on if you are an existing or new patient most commonly a check up will take between 30 to 45 mins. Check-up time may also vary depending on your oral health.
For all of our up to date prices please consult our Fees list.
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