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What to expect from a Patient Consultation?

What to expect from a Patient Consultation

Generally, patient consultation is conducted during a half hour appointment. All new patients should arrive 10 minutes prior to the appointment time to fill in personal details, medical aid information and medical history. A form which is available online can be printed and filled in. The Dentist or Dental Assistant will meet you in our well appointed waiting room, stocked with current magazines.a

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Who performs the Patient Consultation?

You will then be taken to the surgical room where we will inspect your teeth, gums and soft tissues. Radiographs will be taken if necessary to thoroughly investigate hidden decay under the tooth surface, or inbetween teeth or under old fillings. Soft tissue will also be examined and the patient will be referred to a specialist should any abnormalities be observed.

What are the outcomes of a Patient Consultation?

Teeth and fillings are counted and charted on your patient records. Relevant medical history will be discussed, for example, pregnancy, diabetes, medication being taken, etc.

•  Diabetes – Diabetics have a higher chance of gum inflammation (gingivitis) and gum disease (periodontal disease) because the gums become more sensitive to plaque.
•  Epilepsy – Epileptics will usually take medication and have a higher risk of gum enlargement (gingival hyperplasia) and higer risk of decay.
•  Pregnancy – Pregnant women are more susceptible to bleeding, red, swollen and sometimes painful gums (known as pregancy gingivitis).

After the examination, we will, if necessary, provide you with a treatment plan and a quote detailing the costs and various options for treatment.