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New Patients

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Our friendly team is always delighted to welcome new patients to Woodbridge Road Dental and we are very proud that our existing patients often recommend us to their family and friends. In fact, the majority of our new patients have come from personal referrals.

We don’t just treat your teeth, we see you as a whole person, knowing that good dental health can contribute to your general well-being. So, as well as handy tips on effective brushing and flossing, we can also offer advice on diet and smoking cessation.

Your first appointment and 10-point assessment

Your initial appointment will last a little longer, around 20 minutes, so your dentist can thoroughly check the condition of your mouth, teeth and gums, as well as a host of other aspects which can influence your overall well-being. This appointment will include a 10-point clinical assessment:

  • Your questions and concerns – We ask you about the health of your teeth and gums, and if you have any questions or concerns that you would like to discuss with us.
  • Medical history – We ask you about any medical conditions or medications you may be taking as this may affect your dental health or potential treatments.
  • Aesthetic – We ask if you are satisfied with your smile and may take photos for treatment planning purposes and to communicate facial shape and symmetry to our laboratory.
  • Teeth – We examine your teeth to ensure there are no signs of decay, damage, wear or chips.
  • Gums and plaque – We carefully monitor the health of your gums and check for the presence of plaque, as a build-up can lead to tooth decay, gum disease and tooth loss. It is also important to detect gum disease in its early stages, as it is a risk factor for heart disease.
  • Existing dental work – We examine your fillings, crowns, bridges and dentures to ensure they are intact and fully functional.
  • Oral cancer screening – We check your tongue, lips, cheeks, skin and glands for signs of mouth cancer, as early detection increases the chance of survival.
  • Tooth wear and your ‘bite’ – We examine how your teeth bite together and ensure there are no signs of excessive tooth wear. We may record how your teeth meet and move across each other, which can be important if you are having a new restoration.
  • Jaw joints – We check your jaw joints and muscles to make sure there are no abnormalities that could affect your chewing ability or cause you discomfort.
  • X-rays – We take x-rays at regular intervals to ensure the areas inside, between and underneath your teeth are healthy. We also check that you have adequate bone density to support your teeth.

If you do require treatment, we promise to provide you with a clear written estimate and treatment plan. We will always discuss any proposed treatment with you, as well as offer alternatives, and we will happily answer your questions and listen to any concerns.

Once you are a patient, we will usually ask you to attend an oral examination twice a year. These essential appointments are more than just ‘check-ups’, as we take a preventive approach to identify problems at an early stage. Our 10-point clinical assessment gives you added reassurance about your oral health, and can avoid more involved and costly treatment in the future.

Paying for treatment

Payment can be made by cash, credit card (Visa or Mastercard), debit card (we do not accept cheques), or via a monthly payment arrangement. If you need to change an appointment, we need 48 hours’ notice so we can offer your slot to another patient. If you do not give sufficient notice, we may charge a fee.

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