Seeing the dentist

Dental check-up

When you visit your dental practice for a dental check-up, your dentist may:

  • Examine your overall health and take a medical history
  • Examine your teeth, gums and mouth
  • Give you a treatment plan
  • Give you an estimate of how much any work will cost
  • Give you advice on your diet, smoking and drinking
  • Give you advice on your teeth-cleaning habits
  • Clean your teeth
  • Take an X-ray.

If you are having a dental appliance fitted, such as a crown, you can ask for a statement of manufacture. This will provide you with details of the device and confirm that it meets legal standards.

In addition, if your dentist claims to be a specialist in a particular area of work, you can check to see if this is noted on the GDC register.

Questions you may want to ask

  1. How much will my treatment cost and when do I need to pay?
  2. Who will by carrying out my treatment?
  3. What happens if I am unhappy with the results?
  4. Who can I contact for advice after treatment?