Dental examinations

Existing Patients

At your Dental Examination, your dentist may:

  • carry out a full examination of your mouth, teeth and gums

  • ask about your general health and any problems you have had with your teeth, mouth or gums since your last visit

  • ask about and give advice on your diet, smoking and drinking

  • ask about your teeth-cleaning habits and give you advice on the most appropriate ways to keep your mouth, teeth and gums healthy

  • explain any risks, as well as dental costs, of all treatment you may need

  • discuss with you when your next visit should be

Many of us have got used to going to the dentist every six months but you might need to go more often or less often than this depending on how healthy your mouth and teeth are. Your dentist should talk to you about when you should have your next appointment.

If you have problems with your teeth between check-ups, contact your dental practice to make an earlier appointment.

New Patients

It is important to decide whether you want to become a Private/Denplan patient or an NHS patient. It will be useful to study the website in order to understand the various treatment options and payment plans available to you here at the practice. If you have any questions please contact the reception team who will be happy to explain the differences if you are unsure about any of the details.


We currently have availability for patients at the practice with our team. Please contact the reception team to discuss your requirements book an appropriate appointment.

What to expect at your first appointment

On your arrival at the practice please report to reception and talk to one of the reception team. On your first appointment it is really helpful to arrive 15 minutes early to enable us to have time to complete all the administration.

You will be given a medical history form to complete before you meet the dentist, so you may find it useful to bring a current prescription from your doctor if you have a complex list of drugs. This helps the dentist to decide on the best sorts of treatment for you. It would also be helpful if you would bring contact details of your doctor. You can fill in the form in our waiting room and feel free to ask the reception team for any help or advice.

When it is time for your appointment, a nurse will come to the waiting room and collect you in order to escort you to the correct surgery and where you will introduced to the dental team who will providing your care.

The dentist will examine your mouth and surrounding areas of the head and neck. Your gums and teeth and supporting tissues will be assessed in order to help the dentist to check for any existing problems and formulate a treatment plan. The dentist may decide to take digital radiographs (x-rays) to examine oral structures which aren’t easily seen in the mouth. Your consent will be obtained before any of these procedures are carried out. Here at the practice we have the latest digital imaging radiography which is designed to minimise the radiation dose to the patient. The various treatment options will be explained and you can decide which is best for you. This initial appointment usually takes about 15 minutes.

To enable the smooth running of the practice we would request that all patients give us at least 24 hours’ notice in order to change or cancel their appointment. We also politely ask that patients inform us when they have a cold-sore to allow us to re-arrange your appointment to prevent any wasted journeys or time.

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Cancelled Appointments

When a patient cancels an appointment with less than a full working days' notice, or fails to attend an appointment, we reserve the right to refuse NHS Dental Treatment or charge a late cancellation or failure to attend fee. The size of which depends on the amount of time wasted.

Emergency Service

An out of hours emergency service is provided for NHS Patients by calling 111. 

For Private and Denplan patients please call the practice number on 01223 351260 and follow the instructions in the message.

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