When you first meet with your consultant here at BMI Bath Clinic, they will talk in detail with you about your symptoms and what is concerning you. They will want to know things like:
- What symptoms do you have?
- When did you first notice them?
- Have your symptoms been getting worse over time?
- Do you have any pain around your face or neck?
- Do you have any particular concerns about your symptoms (for example, are you worried you may have some type of cancer?)
- Have you received any previous treatment for these symptoms?
- How is your general health? Do you have any underlying medical conditions?
Where required, they will also carry out a clinical examination of the affected area(s).
Many people who visit us have often already had dental X-rays or other scans carried out previously, and these can be helpful for your consultant to review. Other investigations may be needed to help diagnosis and/or treatment planning.
Most commonly, these are diagnostic scans such as CT, MRI, or ultrasound. Standard X-rays can also be done, either of individual teeth or the whole jaw (orthopantomography). If any of these are required, we will arrange for you to have them at BMI Bath Clinic in our Diagnostic Imaging department. Our on-site radiologists provide a fast turnaround of reporting on scans, so the results will be back with your consultant as quickly as possible.
A biopsy may be required sometimes. This involves removing a tiny sample of tissue which is then sent away for analysis under a microscope. We will arrange this for you as soon as possible.
Your consultant will use your clinical history, the physical examination, and the results of any further investigations to make a diagnosis. They will discuss this with you and explain suitable treatment options with you. If surgery is required, they will explain how it will be done, the results you should expect to see, and any complications or potential risks you need to be aware of.
If your case is particularly complex, your consultant may discuss it with specialists in other fields, such as dermatology, ENT, and oncology.
You will always be given the information you need to make an informed choice about treatment. If you have any questions or concerns about your diagnosis or treatment plan, your consultant will be very happy to discuss them with you during your private consultation.