What will happen during my new patient dental examination?

Welcoming you to our practice

At Staina House Dental Practice, we are pleased to extend a warm welcome to our new patients. Our team understands the anxiety that often accompanies a visit to the dentist, especially if it’s a new experience or after a prolonged break. We want to assure you that our dentists are committed to making your visit a comfortable and positive experience.

Keep reading to find out what will happen during your new patient dental examination at our Garstang practice.

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What will happen during a new patient dental examination?

When you arrive for your new patient appointment

As you step into our practice, you will be greeted by our friendly team, whose primary goal is to make you feel comfortable and welcome. Our receptionist will assist you in checking in and promptly notify the rest of the team of your arrival.

Gathering information about your health

Before delving into your dental examination, we will try to gather as much information as possible about your oral and overall health. You will be asked to fill out a Medical History Form, allowing us to understand any pre-existing conditions, medications or concerns that could impact your oral health. This information is vital for our dentists to tailor their approach to your health needs.

In the chair

Once you have completed your Medical History Form, you’ll be comfortably seated in the dental chair, ready for your new patient examination. One of our experienced dentists will thoroughly examine your mouth, teeth and gums to identify any potential issues, such as:

Gum disease

Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is a common condition that affects the gums and bone supporting the teeth. Your dentist will assess the health of your gums, checking for signs of inflammation, bleeding and recession. If diagnosed, we will discuss treatment options, which may include scaling and root planing, and provide guidance on maintaining optimal gum health at home.

Tooth decay 

Tooth decay occurs when plaque, a sticky film of bacteria, builds up on teeth and produces acids that erode enamel. Our examination includes a thorough check for cavities, damaged fillings or other signs of decay. If decay is detected, appropriate treatments such as fillings or crowns may be recommended to restore the health of your teeth.

Oral cancer

Although less common, oral cancer is a serious condition that can affect the tissues of your mouth, such as your lips, tongue, cheeks and throat. During your new patient examination, we will conduct a comprehensive oral cancer screening, looking for unusual lumps, bumps or discolouration. If any abnormalities are found, we will discuss the next steps, which may involve further tests.

Your oral health history

Your dentist will ask you questions about your oral health history. This may involve discussing any previous dental treatments, surgeries or issues you have experienced. Additionally, our team may recommend X-rays to gain a more thorough understanding of the structure of your smile, aiding in the detection of issues that may not be visible during your physical examination.

Diagnosis and treatment plan

Following your examination, your dentist will provide you with a comprehensive diagnosis and a detailed treatment plan. This plan will outline any necessary dental procedures, preventative measures and lifestyle recommendations to address your oral health needs. Our experienced team will take the time to answer any questions you may have and ensure that you understand the proposed treatments and their benefits.

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Routine dental examinations

Maintaining a regular schedule of dental check-ups is essential for preventing potential issues and preserving your oral health. We recommend booking routine dental examinations every six months or more so that we can monitor your progress, address any emerging concerns and provide professional cleaning – all to keep your teeth and gums healthy.

What if I have problems between check-ups?

We understand dental issues may arise unexpectedly, and our team is here to support you. If you experience any problems before your scheduled examination or between check-ups, don’t hesitate to contact us. Our caring team is available to address your concerns and provide guidance on managing dental emergencies.

After registering as a new patient, you’ll have access to:

Convenient appointment times

We offer flexible scheduling options, including evenings and weekends, to accommodate your busy lifestyle.

Full range of treatments

Our practice provides a comprehensive array of dental services, from preventative care to restorative and cosmetic treatments. Whatever your dental needs may be, we’re here to help you maintain a healthy smile.

Welcoming team

Our team is dedicated to creating a positive and comfortable environment for every patient. With years of experience and a commitment to ongoing education, our dentists are well-equipped to meet your oral health needs.

New patient dental examinations at Staina House

Our new patient dental examinations are designed to provide a comprehensive overview of your oral health and establish a personalised plan for ongoing care. 

Are you searching for a dentist taking new patients in Garstang? Please do not hesitate to get in touch and book an appointment. Call our friendly reception team today on 01995 605707. We look forward to hearing from you.

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