Routine exam fee £45
Even if you brush and floss routinely, it's still best to visit your dentist at regular intervals. It is recommended that you have a dental check-up every 6 months, but some people may need more frequent checks depending on how healthy their teeth and gums are.
The danger of not visiting your dentist on a regular basis is that leaving problems untreated usually leads to pain and more difficult and costly treatment in the future. So it's best to deal with problems early, or prevent them altogether.
During your check-up your dentist will:
ask how your general health is, how your teeth have been since your last visit and if you are taking any new or changed medications
look in your mouth and carry out an examination of your teeth, gums and mouth
schedule any necessary treatments, tests or x-rays they feel you require
ask about your lifestyle and provide any advice on diet, smoking, alcohol and teeth cleaning to help improve your oral health
inform you of when you should visit for your next check-up
It is routine for your dentist to carry out x-rays, on occasion, during your dental check-up. Your dentist will decide which type of x-ray you need and will explain why you are receiving an x-ray and how the x-ray works. X-rays allow your dentist to not only identify existing problems which might not be visible during a routine dental examination yet, but to be aware of any problems that may present in the future.
If your dentist finds further problems, they will recommend the next steps you will need to take. Your dentist will inform you what treatment you may need and what options you have available. This usually comes in the form of a written treatment plan, which you need to approve and sign before commencing any treatment. Charges for treatments will be clearly displayed and explained to you.