Your initial consultation will normally be 30 minutes. When you first meet with your consultant at The Park, they will take your medical history and discuss your symptoms with you. They will want to know things like:
- What symptoms you have?
- When did you first notice them?
- Do you have pain? If so, where?
- What effect are your symptoms having on your daily life
- Are you particularly worried about your symptoms? (For example, are you concerned that you may have some type of oral cancer?)
They will also carry out a clinical examination of the affected area(s).
You will usually have had dental X-rays carried out previously by your dentist and your consultant will normally have access to these for your appointment.
There are a number of further investigations that can be helpful for oral and maxillofacial problems, such as X-ray, CT or a TMJ arthroscopy, and these can all be easily arranged by your consultant when required. For example, some lesions in the mouth will require a biopsy to analyse.
Your clinical history, the results of the physical examination and the result from any investigations will be used to make a diagnosis. Your consultant will then plan the optimal treatment for you. Due to the complexity of many of the treatments for oral and maxillofacial conditions, your consultant may discuss treatment options within a multidisciplinary team with specialists like orthodontists or ENT surgeons.
From assessment and diagnosis through to treatment and aftercare, every aspect of your care will be discussed with you so that you know what to expect at all times. Your consultant will explain how your specific surgery will be done and what results you should expect to see as a result.
Any type of surgery involves risks and potential complications. Your consultant will discuss these with you in advance to ensure you can make an informed decision about any treatment. If you have any questions or concerns, they will be happy to talk about these with you.