Each new patient begins their partnership with Duxton Dental by connecting with Sonia, our New Patient Coordinator, before entering the clinical area. Sonia will walk you through the medical and dental questions to make sure we know all your wants, concerns and expectations.
People tell us that our new patient examination is the most thorough that they have ever experienced. Utilising a variety of diagnostic tests including a jaw scan, digital x-rays, photos, lasers, oral cancer screening and testing of saliva.
The examination will cover four main areas:
1. Bone and gums
2. Jaw joints and bite
3. The teeth (fractures, decay, structural integrity)
4. Your smile or the cosmetic appearance of your teeth
Once all the information is analysed, a treatment plan will be created to address your wants and areas of concern. We will listen to your concerns and create a full patient care plan that will enable you to be happy with your teeth and smile for years to come.
On a follow-up visit, you will receive a full written report presented to you by our New Patient Coordinator and you will get to view the O.P.G, digital x-rays and photos, inside and outside the mouth. You will then be in a position to jointly formulate a plan of attack that suits your wants and budget.
We have invested greatly in our thorough diagnostics and utilise:
Orthopantomograph (O.P.G) X-Ray
This is a routine jaw scan used to radiographically check your jaws, sinuses, jaw joints and teeth for abnormalities (e.g. osteoarthritis, abscesses, cysts, gum disease and bone pathology including cancers).
O.P.G Jaw scan X-Ray
A digital sensor used in conjunction with a special x-ray machine to put your x-ray images instantaneously onto the computer monitor so that you and your dentist can diagnose any conditions present.
These are used to see your teeth right up close to check for hidden cavities.
This technology uses 90% less radiation than standard x-ray machines currently used. So there is now less radiation with a set of x-rays than the amount you receive flying from Christchurch to Auckland.
Although digital dental x-ray exposure is minimal, all radiation is cumulative so adhere to strict x-ray hygiene protocols.
Intra Oral Digital X-Rays
A banana receives more radiation sitting on its tree in Queensland/Fiji.
|This technology uses 90% less radiation than standard x-ray machines currently used. So there is now less radiation with a set of x-rays than the amount you receive flying from Christchurch to Auckland.|
Diagnostic Laser (Dental Cavity Detection)
A laser device that measures fluorescence within your teeth in order to diagnose and quantify new decay that is otherwise often impossible to detect. We have found the Diagnostic Laser to be most effective in detecting tooth decay.
This great tool allows us to show you what we see and truly makes you fully informed.