At Claremont Dental we make every effort to keep you informed of your options at all times. This means at every stage, you will know what is happening in regards to your treatment and fees.
What to Expect?
At the beginning of your appointment, we will talk about your concerns and dental history. The examination starts outside of your mouth with an extra-oral assessment of your head and neck to check for and abnormal lumps, bumps or sore spots. During your jaw joint analysis, we assess your jaw joint and facial muscles for movement, soreness, clicks or grating.
We begin your intra-oral examination by doing an oral cancer screen: assessing all of the soft tissues in your mouth (cheeks, tongue, gums, floor of your mouth, palate, tonsils and back of your throat) to ensure there is nothing growing in your mouth that shouldn’t be! Your teeth are viewed together and individually allowing us to assess your bite, chewing ability and the condition of your fillings and teeth (we even check them for hidden cracks which could later cause pain, or your teeth to break!). Each tooth has its condition recorded onto a chart, which is continually updated. Your gums are fully assessed for the presence of any gum disease and if you wear a denture, this is also assessed for fit, comfort, aesthetics and function.
We take a series of clinical photos which allows us to compare changes in the condition of your teeth over time, which we cannot get from the chart and radiographs (x-rays). Digital radiographs are taken of your back teeth and any other teeth of concern which allows us to see “inside” the tooth and bone for problems we cannot see clinically. The results of the clinical photos and radiographs are shown to you and discussed with you, which allows you to ask any questions you may have. Sometimes, we need to take a ‘copy’ of your mouth (study models) which allows us to assess problems further, without you being at the practice. After all our information had been gathered, we put together a treatment plan of what needs to be done and discuss with you the problems and varying solutions for treatment.