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Dental Examination

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Protecting and maintaining your oral health for today, tomorrow and the future.

We are dedicated to building great relationships with our patients and welcome all new patients in a warm, peaceful and comforting environment.

During your dental exam or “Check Up” we take the time to listen to concerns. We believe honest and open communication helps us understand our patients better, and helps you to understand us and your treatment needs.

Patient satisfaction is our top priority at the dental box. We pride ourselves on offering flexible appointment scheduling and prompt, efficient service, minimizing waiting times to respect your valuable time. Our friendly staff is always available to address any questions or concerns you may have, fostering open communication and trust.

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At a glance


Examination of the face, head and neck and jaw joints. Oral health screen for gum disease, oral cancer and tooth decay

First Step

Comprehensive New Patient Dental Exam to assess and record current oral health


Every 6 to 12 months. Your dental examination recall will be tailored to your individual needs


New Patient Exam 45 minutes. Routine Exam 30 minutes


You will be given a written treatment plan and cost estimate detailing options, fees and appointment schedules

Treatment Overview

What is a Dental Examination?

A dental examination is a comprehensive examination of the face, head and neck is performed including the lymph nodes and jaw joints.

This is followed by an oral health screen for gum disease, oral cancers and tooth decay.

Does it include X-rays?

A dental exam is often accompanied by digital X-rays. The diagnostic radiographs check for any dental and gum issues between, inside and underneath teeth that cannot be seen on clinical examination.

The cost of radiographs is not included in the cost of routine or offer fee exams but is included in the new patient assessment.

Why Have Dental Exams?

Dental exams are important to help find tooth decay, gum disease, and other oral health problems early when they’re easier to treat. If dental decay is left to progress it can lead to more painful and costly treatments.

Early detection of periodontitis and oral cancer can have a direct effect on the success of treatment.

How Long Does An Exam Take?

An initial new patient exam is 1 hour. During this time we will record your ‘base chart‘ and any clinical findings. You’ll hear your dentist call out lots of dental terms to their nurse, who will input everything into your digital patient file.

We will record everything from existing restorations, missing teeth, and areas of concern to gum health, bone levels and oral cancer screens.

We will also take intraoral photographs of your teeth and baseline radiographs to assess what we cannot see on clinical examination.

A routine dental exam is 30 minutes as we do not need to record your base chart, but we will examine all other hard and soft tissues.

X-rays are only required routinely every 2 years, so you might not get these at every visit.

Why Choose The Dental Box for A Dental Examination?

At the dental box our focus is on prevention and how we can prevent oral disease from occurring.

We aim to achieve this through regular checkups, advice, education and building relationships to ensure that your dental health is maintained in the long run.

How Do I Get Started?

You can book a New Patient Exam online or send us an enquiry and we will get back to you to arrange a suitable time.

How often should I see a dentist?

We would always recommend at least 6 monthly routine examinations to ensure that a thorough examination is completed and to screen for any disease. If your oral health is good and you do not have any areas or restorations of concern that we need to monitor, you may be placed on a longer ‘recall’ but this is decided on an individual basis.

What can I expect at my first visit?

You will be seen by one of our highly skilled dentists who will introduce themselves, and get to know you and your dental concerns and treatment expectations. It is a chance for you to discuss any dental issues that you may have and for those to be addressed. The dentist will then perform a comprehensive examination as outlined in the Overview and provide you with a written treatment plan and cost estimate.

How do I choose the right treatment?

As there is usually more than one option for treatment, we believe in giving our patients all of the information they need to make an informed choice.

Our team will always recommend treatment that they would happily recommend to their friends and family and will only ever recommend a treatment that is suitable for your needs.

Your dentist will spend the time explaining the benefits and risks of each option and our treatment coordinator will be your dedicated point of contact if you would like to discuss your treatment options, finance and appointment schedules in more detail.

What is tooth decay?

Tooth decay is a disease process which is actually very common. It occurs through the process of dietary sugar consumption which is used as an energy source by the bacteria that live in the mouth. The bacteria produce acid as a waste product. It’s this acid that breaks down the tooth structure and causes tooth decay.

Can I prevent tooth decay?

The most simple way to prevent decay is to reduce the frequency of sugary foods or snacks. Limiting the energy source available for the bacteria and therefore the acid that they produce to cause the decay.
Our advice is to brush your teeth with fluoride-based toothpaste twice a day. Fluoride incorporates itself into the microstructure of the tooth which makes it more resistant to decay. Furthermore, the bacteria that live in the mouth are not fond of it and making it difficult for them to exist.

What is gum disease?

Gum disease is very common and equally very treatable. It occurs because of the build-up of plaque on the tooth surface which contains a vast amount of bacteria. If teeth are not cleaned regularly the bacteria will cause the gums to become inflamed, bleed and painful. These are all signs of gum disease and must be treated immediately. If left and allowed to progress, it can result in more severe symptoms such as recession of gums, sensitivity and mobility of teeth. This is known as Periodontitis and it isn’t as easily treated.

Can I prevent gum disease?

An excellent oral hygiene regime and correct brushing techniques will help prevent gum disease. Brushing along the gum margins will remove the plaque and remove the cause of irritation to the gums. As a large portion of teeth, if not flossed, are left uncleaned so it is important to use floss or interdental brushes to remove any plaque and debris that brushing can’t reach.

Attending regularly to see the hygienist. The hygienist will ensure your gum health is checked and will remove any plaque that has built up in hard-to-reach areas.  Our hygienist will also provide advice and demonstrations on how best to elevate any oral hygiene regimes.

Avoiding smoking. Smoking can release many potent chemicals into the mouth and this, in turn, can result in gum disease, as there is a large scientific basis suggesting the two are linked.

At The Dental Box, we believe finance shouldn’t stand in the way of a standout smile! We provide various payment options meaning you can spread the cost and enjoy a confident smile at a price you can afford.

You will be given an opportunity to discuss recommended treatment pricing and payment plans without pressure, commitment, or obligation. One of our friendly team will be more than happy to discuss your queries and requirements.

New Patient Assessment

comprehensive dental exam, oral cancer screen, gum assessment, clinical photography, routine radiographs and written report

Routine Dental Exam
Cancellation Policy

Payment is required when booking to secure an appointment.  We require 2 full working days’ notice to change or cancel an appointment to avoid your deposit being forfeited or a short notice fee being applied.

Refund Policy

Consultation and Examination Fees are non-refundable.


We can offer 0% payment plans to help you pay for your high-value dental treatment. Get in touch to find out more about your payment plan options!

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Join the dental box and visit one of our skilled, polite and professional clinicians for a fully comprehensive new patient assessment.


Once we have recorded your baseline and assessed all of your teeth, gums, jaws and bone levels we will discuss with you any troubles or concerns you may wish to address and our clinical findings.

We will create you a written treatment plan with a number of options and outline the risks, benefits, cost, appointment schedules and payment options for your consideration.


If you’ve been recommended treatment then will ensure you understand each option. Helping you to make an informed decision about your dental care is our priority.

Therefore, in addition to your written treatment plan and discussions with your dentist, our treatment coordinator is available to you for a free consultation over a cup of tea (or coffee), without pressure, commitment or obligation.

We want our patients to have every confidence in their treatment here at the dental box and want to make sure they have had all of the treatment and payment options and advice available to them.


After you’re happy with the proposed treatment, we will support you in finding suitable appointment times. We will book treatments in order of priority to you, your dental health and your aesthetic needs.

Payments are due per appointment so we can also look at tailoring appointment schedules to suit your finances. Higher-value treatments can be financed with 0% dental patient payment plans.


When you’ve completed any treatment, you will have achieved ‘dental health’ and then we’ll place you on an individual routine maintenance recall for your dental examination and dental hygiene appointments.

The interval for this recall is usually 6 monthly, however, it can be shorter, depending on your gum health and individual needs.

Need Help?

Have a Question?

We generally find it’s best to jump on the phone and let you ask any questions you may have. Send us a brief message & one of our friendly team will be in touch


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If you know that you would like to join the dental box and know what you need to book, please head to our easy to use patient portal and book an appointment online 24/7

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