Caries and gingivitis can be present in our mouth without ever feeling any pain or discomfort. That’s why we thoroughly examine your teeth, gums and other parts of your oral cavity: cheeks, lips, soft and hard palates, as well as the upper and lower parts of the tongue. The examination is carried out with a naked eye or using a magnifying glass and instruments. Another useful tool in early diagnostics are dental X-ray pictures. We assess whether a tooth is alive or not by performing vital tests. Caries detection is done by using light-based tools, lasers and special dyes (caries markers).
“As patients who come to us for the first time are already quite stressed and uneasy, we avoid subjecting them to any treatments straight away, but instead carry out a thorough examination and take the time to talk them through what needs to be done in the future.”
We all possess a certain moderate fear of dentists and usually feel uneasy before an examination. I, myself, am no exception, even though I know what to expect when sitting on the examination chair myself. We mostly fear the potential pain, not knowing if a painless procedure will be possible.
Yet in most cases, the latter is indeed possible The patients who visit us for the first time are often quite stressed and afraid. I respect the amount of courage they need to muster prior to a visit, which is why we only carry out a thorough examination without any treatments and take a lot of time to talk them through what needs to be done in the future. We discuss their condition, required therapy, potential referrals for additional tests, prosthetic solutions, the timeframe of treatments and the financial costs. During their next visit they’re more relaxed and their smile only gets wider with every following visit.