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