Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some of the most common questions we get asked at MacLeod & Naismith. If your question isn't answered here, please get in touch and we'll give you the answers you need.

Q: Do I pay for my check up?

No ,they are currently free in the NHS

Q: What will happen on my first visit?

You will be asked to sign a blue GP17 for to register for NHS treatment ,you will also be asked to complete confidential medical history form. You will be given an examination of teeth,gums and soft tissues of the mouth. You may be advised to have routine radiographs taken and or a scale and polish with oral hygiene instruction .This is important part of Preventative Dentistry.

Q: Will I have to pay for my treatment?

Unless you have an exception certificate or are in other exempt category you will be expected to pay for your dental treatment that is carried out that day.

Q: Will I be given an estimate?

Yes, the dentist will discuss treatment options and costs. Written estimates can be given by request.

Q: How often should I come?

Generally every six months you will be recalled.

Q: What do I do after a tooth extraction?
  • For the first 24 hours, don't drink alcohol, eat hot food or disturb the clot, which will have formed in the hole left by the tooth because this may cause the socket to start bleeding again. Do not smoke and avoid exercise for the rest of the day.
  • Don't rinse your mouth for 6 hours after extraction.
  • After 6 hours rinse gently with warm salty water to keep the socket clean and continue to do this for up to a week after meals and before bed. Use half a teaspoonful of salt in a glass of water.
  • Brush your teeth normally with toothpaste to keep the whole mouth clean.
  • If you feel small pieces of bone working their way out of the socket don't worry - this is normal.
  • Some swelling or discomfort in the first two-three days is also normal.
  • Take painkillers if you need them (as you would with a headache). Ask your dentist for advice if you are not sure what to take.