New NHS and private patients always welcome
We are happy to welcome new NHS and private patients here at our practice in Larne. Contact us to arrange an appointment to see us and we’ll chat through our available care options to help you decide which is right for you.
Listening to our patients so we can meet their individual needs
When you first join us here at the practice we’ll take time to find out if you have any specific concerns and expectations. Many people simply want be to stay healthy and feel secure that their oral health is being taken care of regularly. For others, especially those with long-standing dental issues, there might be a longer list for us to get to grips with. For instance, you may never have been happy with the appearance of your teeth. You might have missing teeth and want to find out what the options are. Maybe you have had a bad experience in the past and need some help to rebuild your confidence. We can help you with all these concerns and more.
What happens when you first come to see us
We’ll do some careful listening, and also we may take photos of your teeth for future reference.
Before we can make any decisions on your treatment, we’ll need to see your complete medical history. Many people are surprised to learn just how closely your oral health is linked with your overall health.
“An amazing 90% of all health conditions have signs that can show in the mouth!”
We need to know:
- What medications you’re taking – this includes pills, injections, creams, puffers, sprays or supplements and the dosages that you take.
- Your medical history form. You could download and print this or, if you don’t have a printer, you could bring a repeat prescription form, or the packets themselves and bring your reading glasses if you wear them.
Don’t worry if you hate forms, we’ll help out. Each time we see you we’ll simply check that nothing has changed.
Your initial examination
After we’ve had a chat, we’ll check your head, neck, jaw joints, jaw muscles, the lips and soft tissues around your mouth and your teeth. We assess your risk for decay, gum disease, wear and general oral health. Usually we will need x-rays to see under the surface and between the teeth and your bone levels, the parts that can’t be seen with the naked eye.
After our first meeting
Once we have all the information we need, we’ll make a treatment plan. You can then decide whether our LDC care plan is right for you. Remember, we want you to benefit from the type of treatment that will work best for you, so we can help you spread the cost with interest-free finance.
If there’s something you think that we could do to make your visit easier, please phone our reception team before your appointment. We’ll be pleased to help.