Become a Patient

Your comfort is our priority! At Longwell Green Dental Practice we understand that people don’t always love going to the dentist so we do all we can to make sure your dental experience is positive.  Our reception area is calm and tranquil with comfortable seating, magazines and papers for you to read.

Communication is key: that means listening to your concerns and ensuring that you are put at ease with clear explanations and gentle handling. We are experienced at helping even the most anxious of patients and if necessary, we can arrange comfortable and safe sedation, enabling you to relax whilst treatment is carried out.

What to expect at your first appointment? As clinicians, we understand that health is personal so our first priority is to get to know you, and your needs. Once you have met your dentist they will review your medical history and will listen to any concerns you may have about your teeth and your oral health. The consultation typically takes between 30-45 minutes. After your consultation your dentist can show you images taken using our x-ray and discuss any needs you might have and how to help protect your teeth and make the most of your smile. At the end of the consultation you will have a thorough understanding of what is happening in your mouth and how to keep it healthy.

The new patient examination is a 12 point review including:

  1. Chewing function
    Can you eat comfortably and efficiently?
  2. Discomfort
    Is there any pain or discomfort in your teeth, gums or other parts of your mouth?
  3. Mouth Cancer Screening and Soft Tissues
    We screen for signs of mouth cancer and other diseases of the soft tissues of your mouth (tongue, cheeks, lips, palate and floor of mouth).
  4. Oral Hygiene
    We make an assessment of plaque control, and how much plaque has built up.
  5. Teeth and fillings
    We examine your teeth and existing restorations (fillings, crowns etc) for stability.
  6. Tooth wear
    We review tooth wear such as attrition, erosion and abrasion and then discuss with you their causes, prevention and treatment where appropriate.
  7. Gum Health
    We carry out a Basic Periodontal Examination to monitor gum health, to measure the presence of inflammation, loss of gum attachment and sites of plaque collection.
  8. X-rays
    We take these as required to assess presence of decay and bone support and to investigate problem or suspicious areas.
  9. Jaw joint
    We examine these for clicks and other problems before recording findings and making recommendations.
  10. Assessment
    We assess the condition, function and comfort of dentures, crowns, implants or other appliances
  11. Treatment Planning
    We discuss with you routine, remedial or cosmetic treatments that you desire or we believe you need to achieve a healthy mouth and attractive smile.
  12. Recall interval
    We make an ongoing assessment of how often you should visit us for Healthy Mouth Reviews and Hygiene treatments.

If you’d like more information please don’t hesitate to contact us.