Comprehensive Dental Exam

At your initial visit, a comprehensive and thorough dental examination will be conducted by your dentist, in collaboration with the hygienist. Together, they will methodically examine your teeth, gums, jawbones, jaw joints, lips, and skin health, among other areas. Following your comprehensive dental examination, all findings will be presented and explained to provide you with a full understanding of your oral health, as well as various treatment options and procedures. We dedicate the necessary time to each of our patients, aiming to educate and address all questions you may have. After discussing treatment options, we will create a treatment plan and program specifically tailored to meet your unique dental needs.

A comprehensive dental exam is conducted at your initial dental visit. During regular check-up exams, your dentist and hygienist will include the following:

  • Medical History: Understanding your medical history allows your dentist to adopt a holistic approach to your treatment, recognizing the strong link between oral health and the prevalence of many serious health conditions.
  • Examination of Your Teeth: Analysis of tooth condition (wear and tear, fractures, cracks) and the state of existing restorations (fillings, crowns, veneers, bridges, implants).
  • Examination of Diagnostic X-rays (Radiographs): Essential for detecting decay, tumours, cysts, and bone loss. X-rays also help determine tooth and root positions.
  • Intraoral and Extraoral Photos: A record of photos aids in presenting what is inside and outside your mouth, as a picture speaks a thousand words.
  • Oral Cancer Screening: Checking the face, neck, lips, tongue, throat, tissues, and gums for any signs of oral cancer.
  • Gum Disease Evaluation: Checking the gums and bone around the teeth for any signs of periodontal disease.
  • Examination of Decay: All tooth surfaces will be checked for decay.
  • Examination of Existing Restorations: Checking current fillings, crowns, etc.
  • Bite Analysis: Assessing how the bite affects tooth function and overall oral health.
  • Discussion of Sleep Apnoea or Sleep Disturbances: Identifying signs of sleep disturbances by examining the mouth.
  • Diet Advice: Recommendations on what, when, and how to eat certain foods to prevent decay and acid wear.
  • Skin Care Advice: Guidance on protecting your skin from harsh environmental conditions.
  • Oral Hygiene Care Advice: With a myriad of toothbrushes and toothpaste brands available, we provide personalized recommendations for the right toothpaste, brush, and floss for your specific needs.

Are you due for your six-monthly Hygiene?

Call us now to book a time for your next Comprehensive Dental Exam

If you are interested in getting a Comprehensive Dental Exam then you may also be interested in learning more about Dental Hygiene & preventative dentistry 

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Hannah Grubb
Hannah Grubb
10/10/2023
The women at this practice are phenomenal. I have had fear of the dentist my entire life due to a traumatic experience as a four year old. I finally bit the bullet last month and went to see Karen the hygienist and she made me feel so comforted. Then I met Erika the dentist and she was wonderful also. Yesterday I had restorative work done and for the first time in my life I wasn’t nervous about going to the dentist. I was so relaxed the entire time. Erika has such a calming, relaxed and professional presence. She continually asked if I was ok through each process and I honestly can’t thank her and her team enough. They’ve changed my life in the sense where I no longer feel scared. I actually can’t wait to go back and have my routinely hygiene appointment. WHAT?! ????
Mark Warner
Mark Warner
23/06/2023
First visit, I saw Dr Polly for an examination and x-rays and Dental Hygienist Steph for a scale and clean.Very impressed with the service. Parking at rear which is great and easy access. Reception staff were friendly and helpful.I would highly recommend. .
Nicole Hayes
Nicole Hayes
29/03/2023
I loved visiting the dentisit in primary school, they always made me feel safe and cared for. Dr Polly and the team made me think of those primary school dentist visits. I felt safe and cared for. I must remember to ask for my toothbrush and sticker before I leave next time! Wonderful experience my wisdom tooth was removed without pai but with confidence and reassurance
Louise Oconnor
Louise Oconnor
29/03/2023
I daughter recommended this dentist practice and do glad she did. Dr Polly Ling is amazing and has done an excellent job of fixing a broken filling. All the staff are extremely helpful and welcoming .
Ryan Hollingsworth
Ryan Hollingsworth
23/03/2023
If you’re looking for a new dentist, I can’t recommend this one enough. It’s been a while since I’ve been to a dentist and as such I wasn’t very confident finding somewhere new. However the team here have been absolutely incredible. Kind and happy to explain the process, including prices and health fund contributions. Excellent dental facilities and a comfortable waiting room. I’ve seen they also have online booking options, which seems very convenient. Thank you to all the team today for making my first appointment in a long time an enjoyable one.
Jane Doyle
Jane Doyle
08/03/2023
Always great service from this practice. Came here today with my husband. International Women’s day do I was gifted a small bouquet and a pen. Thank you. Lovely surprise.
Sam Crossman
Sam Crossman
14/02/2023
Always made to feel welcomed, taken care of and in a safe environment. Very appreciative of Louise for always being a friendly and welcoming face, and Rachel for making every experience comfortable. THANKYOU ♡
Robbie Jones
Robbie Jones
04/02/2023
All the staff made me feel comfortable and welcome. Excellent service.
Dental Check Up FAQ’s

t is recommended that you should be going to the dentist for a dental check-up and clean every 6 months, however, we are all individuals and some patients need to visit us only once a year while others 3 – 4 times a year.

Some of the many reasons why we recommend routine dental examinations is:

  1. Oral cancer screening
  2. To check teeth health
  3. To make sure there are no issues, (gum disease, cavities, etc) If there is an issue it is always better to get on it early, rather than having it left for a long period of time. In most cases, more work will have to be done to fix the issue if its left unchecked.
  4. To get a thorough dental clean.
  5. To be reminded to floss (haha)
  1. Regular brushing (twice a day)
  2. Flossing (once a day)
  3. limiting you sugar intake (diet)
  4. limit acid drinks such as soft drinks and energy drinks
  5. Balanced diet of fruits and vegies
  6. Avoiding tobacco
  7. Using toothpaste with fluoride

Your dentist should take a full set of dental X-rays early into the doctor-patient relationship. So, if you are a new patient then it is recommended so your dentist has a baseline

to monitor any changes that could be happening in your teeth between appointments.

Most adult patients have bitewing X-rays every 2 year and a full mouth series every four to five years.

But those with a higher risk for dental caries problems may need them every six to 18 months.

Patients with tooth sensitivity feel pain when they consume foods or drinks that are hot or cold, sweet, or acidic. Sensitivity happens when tooth enamel, which protects the tooth’s pulp and dentin, is thinned from repeated exposure to acidity and extreme temperatures. Sensitivity can also occur as a result of:

  • Receding gums
  • Tooth grinding during sleep
  • Chipped or fractured teeth
  • Tooth whitening
  • Orthodontics
  • fillings

Talk to your dental professional, and they will examine the affected teeth and recommend treatment to reduce your sensitivity.

It depends – there are different kinds of mouthwash.

Cosmetic mouthwashes aim to freshen breath and to maintain a healthy teeth colour, but they contain fluoride to help fight cavities as well.

Therapeutic rinses work to help treat conditions such as gingivitis, tooth sensitivity, and inflammation.

For more advanced conditions, prescription mouthwashes often contain chlorhexidine gluconate to kill bacteria that cause bleeding, inflammation, and plaque or biofilm formation.