When you arrive one of our reception team will welcome you and give you a confidential medical questionnaire to fill in to ensure that you are looked after safely. All our new patients require an initial consultation before any treatment can take place. During your consultation we:
- Are you in pain?
- Are you anxious about dental treatment? What have your previous experiences been like at the dentist?
- Are you wondering how your teeth will be in the future? Have you had previous dental problems?
- Would you like your teeth to look more attractive when you smile?
- Assess your general health, examine the soft tissues, face and neck
- Check your teeth, record past treatment and present condition
- Look at your gum health. As gum disease is the main cause of tooth loss in adults, we check for signs of gum bleeding, plaque build-up, loose teeth, food traps and bad breath
- Take X-rays where clinically necessary to check the areas of tooth we can’t see directly, and assess the health of the tooth roots and surrounding jaw bone.
- Do we have to do anything today?
- A treatment plan
- Your future dental needs
- The appearance of your teeth
- Ongoing maintenance.
With over 6800 referrals a year, we are experienced in providing care for anxious and nervous patients.
Pre and post treatment
Although you may feel slightly nervous before your implant surgery, you’ll be in the safest and most capable hands here. Prior to your treatment you don’t have to do anything special: eat and drink as normal – don’t miss breakfast, for instance – and continue to take any medications you have been prescribed. We will have already discussed with you any potential health issues well in advance of ‘the big day’.
After surgery, most patients are amazed at how little discomfort they experienced during the placement of their implants. It’s quite normal to feel a little soreness as the local anaesthetic wears off: any subsequent aches or pains should pass in a matter of days and be easily controllable with standard, over-the-counter pain relief. We will give you detailed (but very straightforward) instructions for the aftercare of your mouth whilst the site of the operation settles down.
Around three months later, we will see you for a follow-up appointment to check on the progress of your implants and restore your new teeth. Please remember that they’ll need regular cleaning and maintenance exactly like normal teeth, and should be checked out by your dentist at least once a year. We also encourage you to regularly visit our hygienist to help maintain your implant in the best possible condition.
Cleaning around implants
We recommend that you clean your teeth/dental implants at least twice a day. We recommend Waterpik – a useful way of cleaning in between the implants and underneath hard to access bridge areas using a precisely controlled jet of water. Alternative ways of cleaning between the implants are TePe brushes and waxed dental tape. Dental care products are available from the Gallions Reach reception: by experimenting you will be able to determine which work best for your particular situation.
Maintenance and Review
We strongly advise that you undergo scaling/cleaning with a hygienist at least twice a year, and that your implants are checked clinically and by x-ray to confirm bone levels on an annual basis. We undertaken this here at our clinic or, if we recommend it, by your own dentist.