What to expect at your first examination
After welcoming you to our practice, we will have a chat to get
to know you and understand your needs.
Next we will conduct a thorough dental health assessment in order
to assist you to keep your mouth and smile in a healthy state for
If you have a pressing pain issue, naturally we will attend to
this as a matter of urgency and organise a subsequent time to complete
your dental health assessment. Please advise us when booking your
appointment if this is the case.
The first part of your dental health assessment involves taking
images of your teeth to help you understand about your dental health
Healthy gums are the foundation for long-term dental health and
gum health is very important to the success of any dental treatment.
The most common cause of tooth loss in adults is gum disease. In
addition, there is increasing evidence of the links between gum
problems and serious general health conditions such as heart disease.
As part of your gum health assessment we complete a periodontal charting which allows us to identify the presence of disease, the severity of any disease present and gives us the ability to track future changes to your gum health.
Oral cancer screen
5-10 % of all cancers detected in Australia are oral cancers. Oral
cancer is responsible for 2% of deaths from cancer in Australia.
Early detection can lead to improved outcomes. We use a combination
of x-ray, soft tissue screening and risk factor analysis to ensure
early detection of any problems.
Jaw joint health
The stresses of modern lifestyles have brought with them a significant
increase in the incidence of bruxism - the habit of clenching and
grinding the teeth together under excessive pressure. The jaw joints
may become traumatized due to the extreme forces generated, often
resulting in clicking or locking joints, pain, difficulty opening
the mouth, earache, 'migraine like’ headaches, muscle soreness
and neck and shoulder pain
We use a combination of x-rays, joint and muscle examination to
assess your jaw joint health.
Clenching and grinding can take its toll on your teeth, and now
medical science has raised our life expectancy to continually higher
levels. We need to ensure the life span of your teeth is sufficient
to ensure you continue to enjoy eating and maximize good digestion
of all you eat throughout your life. Missing teeth, old restorations
and crowded teeth can all create bite interferences, which can exacerbate
clenching and grinding, leading to rapid wear and breakdown of teeth.
We complete a thorough assessment of your bite.
We examine your teeth for decay and wear, and assess the quality
of any existing fillings to give you a complete picture of your
dental health. We use a combination of oral examination and x-rays
to achieve this.
If you are interested in changing the appearance of your smile,
we can complete a smile analysis.
We commonly take small x-rays in the mouth to assist us in understanding
where you are with your dental health. If you have had such x-rays
in the last two years we can organize to have them sent to us prior
to your visit. We use digital x-rays which use less radiation and give us more information about your teeth and bones than old-style film x-rays. In many cases we will also organize a full mouth
scan x-ray known as an OPG. The OPG is completed at a radiology
centre and gives us valuable information related to screening for
oral cancer, jaw joint health, presence of gum disease, and wisdom