We’d like you to arrive about 15 minutes before the time of your appointment to help us complete this part of your consultation, so that you will have the full amount of reserved time with the dentist.
On coming through to the treatment room and meeting the nurse and dentist, your examination will begin. First, Philip Lewis will examine your cheeks, tongue and other soft tissues for any sign of diseases before assessing your gum condition.
He will then check the normal movement of the joints of your jaw as well as the muscles that control it. He will carry on by examining each of the five surfaces of each individual tooth. X-rays may be taken to look at the areas not visible from the outside. Close-up photographs of the teeth may also be used to help illustrate areas of concern. The examination takes up to an hour.
At the end, the dentist will discuss his findings with you and answer any questions you may have. You will then be given a detailed treatment plan including costings and alternatives. If you are satisfied with this plan, further appointments will be arranged.