Dental examinations

At Langley Dental Practice all new patients will have a thorough dental examination. At this visit we will try to find out what problems you may be having and explore what solutions you are looking for. We also want to understand if you have any anxieties about dental treatment and will work with you to overcome those anxieties.

We will ask questions about your past dental experiences, good or bad. We will take a full medical history. This is very important because some tablets and medicines that you take may have an influence on your dental treatment. We will ask about your smoking and alcohol consumption and will always check your mouth for signs of mouth cancer.

We will examine your teeth and chart our findings on to our computer. We will make a note of decayed, missing and filled teeth. We will examine your gums for signs of periodontal (gum) disease and we will take necessary x rays to help us reach a diagnosis and formulate a treatment plan. When we find problems we will talk to you about the diagnosis and discuss in detail what treatment options are available to you both through the NHS and privately. We will discuss the costs involved and when required give you a written estimate and treatment plan.

Your first examination at Langley Dental Practice will take anything between 20 and 40 minutes. Once your treatment is complete your dentist will set a recall interval for you to come again for your next examination which can be anything between 3 and 24 months depending on a variety of factors. Your individual recall interval will be discussed with you.

In order to make life easier for you Langley Dental Practice operates an SMS text message reminder system whereby if you provide us with a mobile telephone number you will get an advance SMS reminder of your appointment.

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