Examination and Treatment Planning
The dental exam is the cornerstone of any dental treatment planning and should be done before any scheduled treatment is carried out. It is carried out in four stages after a detailed medical and social history have been taken, these are:
- Soft tissue exam of the tissues in the mouth.
- Periodontal exam of the gums
- Hard tissues exam of the teeth
- Extra oral exam of the face, head and neck.
Any findings are duly noted and discussed with the patient giving their treatment options for each noted treatment. A treatment plan is then drawn up and the costs discussed, a written treatment plan is then given.
At the exam, x-rays, photos and impressions may be taken to assist with treatment planning. The cost of the NHS exam is £18.50 (Band 1) and includes all diagnostic tests.