Your First Appointment
When you come to All Smiles for a general dental appointment, whether you have a specific problem with your teeth or just require a dental check-up, you'll feel welcome as soon as you walk through the door.
Our whole team is dedicated to providing the very best in dental health care, and we are highly experienced in treating nervous patients who may have put off seeking treatment.
For new patients we will take a full dental and medical history before you sit in the dentist's chair, and will address any concerns or questions you may have. Once we have established your history, one of our dental team will carry out a thorough examination of your mouth, looking at your teeth, gums and surrounding structures. We will take photographs and x-rays as required to help with diagnosis.
Tooth Decay Detection
Tooth decay remains a common problem for many patients. Decay may or may not cause discomfort; particularly in the early stages you may not notice any pain or sensitivity, but even though it doesn't hurt, the tooth is still deteriorating.
We use high magnification and powerful lighting to detect decay at an early stage, preventing excessive damage to the tooth and making treatment much easier, quicker and less expensive.
X-rays can also show decay beneath the enamel, which would otherwise remain hidden, and can also show any possible infections in the roots or bone loss around the tooth.
If we discover anything that needs treating, we'll explain our findings and let you know the best treatment options.
Mouth Cancer Screening
At All Smiles we carry out mouth cancer screening for all patients as part of their general dental check-up.
As with any form of cancer, early detection is vital in increasing the success of treatment. Mouth cancer, also called oral cancer, is a malignant growth which can occur in any part of the mouth, including the tongue, lips and throat.
Currently the mortality rate for mouth cancer is just over 50%, which is largely due to late detection. Mouth cancers have a higher proportion of deaths per number of cases than breast cancer, cervical cancer or skin melanoma, and cause about 1,700 deaths per year. That's why early detection is so important, as this significantly improves survival rates. Your dentist is the best person to spot early signs of mouth cancer.
Mouth cancer screening is a simple procedure carried out as part of your general dental check-up. After analysing your dental history and any habits, such as smoking, that can increase the risk of mouth cancer, we'll thoroughly examine both the outside and inside of your mouth.
Outside your mouth we'll check your lips, head and neck, while inside your mouth we'll check the inside of your lips, your cheeks, tongue, gums and throat.
If we discover anything suspicious, we'll refer you to a hospital consultant. If you notice any abnormal lumps or anything else unusual between your regular dental check-ups, please contact us immediately for an appointment.
If we discover you need any general dental treatment during your regular dental check-up, we'll explain our findings and will give you a detailed treatment plan. We use the unique Wand system to administer any local anaesthetic required during treatment. The Wand delivers a steady, controlled flow of anaesthetic and vibrates to minimise the "bee sting" effect associated with standard needles.