Patient Satisfaction

A Healthy Mouth

Ravenshead Dental Practice

At Ravenshead Dental Practice we believe you should keep your own healthy teeth for your entire life. Prevention is far better, more comfortable and less costly than treatment of disease and we provide a personalized program of preventive dental care for you with the aim of helping you obtain and maintain a healthy mouth as quickly as possible. Our Denplan members also get a discount on any oral hygiene products that may be recommended by your clinician to help clean your teeth and gums effectively.

Every recall examination will always include a comprehensive 16 point check of you and your whole mouth:

  1. Updated medical history
    We check that there are no changes to your medical condition.
  2. Any pain or problems
    Is there any pain or are you having problems with your jaws, gums or teeth? Any issues are addressed and solutions to your problems discussed.
  3. Your jaw joints
    We examine these for pain, clicks or limitation of movement and give appropriate treatment and advice after diagnosis.
  4. Soft tissues
    We check for signs of oral cancer, ulcers or other soft tissue problems of your tongue, cheeks, palate, gums, lips and floor of mouth.
  5. Chewing ability
    We ensure that you can eat comfortably and efficiently and therefore help maintain your overall health.
  6. Oral hygiene levels
    Are you cleaning your teeth and gums effectively? We then give you advice to improve your existing techniques.
  7. Gum health
    We monitor you gum health to see if the gums are bleeding, whether they have receded, what the bone levels are like and if the gums are gripping the teeth tightly.
  8. Toothwear
    The teeth are examined to see if they have signs of excessive wear. We then discuss with you the causes of tooth wear, prevention and treatment if necessary.
  9. Dentures
    If appropriate we check the comfort, aesthetics, fit and function of your dentures.
  10. Your teeth
    Your teeth are examined for any signs of disease or decay. A watch is placed on any teeth that need reviewing in the future. Appropriate advice regarding the use of fluoride or other oral hygiene adjuncts is given.
  11. Any existing fillings/crowns/bridges
    We check that any previous work to your teeth is in a satisfactory condition, and free of decay or damage.
  12. Review of x-rays
    These are taken whenever necessary to check for gum disease or decay, and also to review previous treatments such as implants or root fillings. We use a digital x-ray system to ensure a lower dose to patients and give us a clearer picture.
  13. Smile check
    We check that you are happy with your smile, and if you have any concerns can address these with a choice of treatments such as teeth straightening, teeth whitening or teeth replacement.
  14. Any appropriate diagnosis
    You will be informed of any diagnoses that are reached, and information on these given.
  15. Treatment planning
    We will discuss and give you a written treatment plan for any treatments that you may desire for aesthetic reasons or we think you need to maintain a healthy mouth.
  16. Recall interval
    An assessment will be made of an appropriate time interval for you to visit us again for any further recalls or hygiene appointments.