New Patient Dental Consultation

We are delighted to welcome you here as a patient at Deardengate Dental. In order to allow your first visit with us to run smoothly, we have put together some information on what you can expect during this appointment.

Dr Balkin will carry out your dental consultation which should take approximately 30 minutes. Before your appointment, we will ask you to fill out an in-depth medical and general questionnaire. We would also ask you to bring with you either a list of medication you may be taking or alternatively a copy of a repeat prescription which we will photocopy and attach to your records.

Having the above information is a very important part of the consultation, as this allows us to formulate a treatment plan which is tailored to your general medical and dental requirements.

A New Patient Dental Consultation will consist of the following:

Charting

We carry out an in depth charting of existing restorations (fillings, crowns, bridges, dentures etc.), followed by a charting of any treatment we recommend as being necessary. Please note that treatment can be and is very often prioritised in stages and this helps many patients spread the cost of treatment.

Basic periodontal examination

Also known as CPITN (Community Periodontal Index of Treatment Need), this index allows us to make a rapid and accurate assessment of your treatment needs with regard to the gums and the underlying structures around the teeth. This is often a neglected or forgotten area of the mouth. Prevention starts with the foundations. There is no point in building a house on quicksand!

Soft Tissue Examination / Oral Cancer Screening

In line with many screening programmes, early detection of pre-cancerous changes leads to quick and relatively easy treatment. We carry out a soft tissue and oral cancer screening every six months on all our adult patients.

Review of Intra-oral Photographs

During your consultation Dr Balkin may take a number of photographs. This will allow you to get a better idea of what is happening inside your mouth and we have found this to be a great aid in explaining existing conditions and future treatment.

Treatment Planning

We strongly believe in empowering our patients. Before any treatment is carried out, we will discuss your options with you, and any decision you make will be followed with a treatment plan together with estimates.

All our treatment plans are tailored to the individual and we are sensitive to patient’s needs, circumstances and finances. Please do not hesitate to ask questions during or even after the consultation if you are unsure of anything that has been said. There is a lot to take in during a consultation and most of us remember the question once we have arrived home!

Further Investigations

Further investigations such as x-rays and study models may be required in order to gain more information before finalising a treatment plan. This sometimes includes referral for a specialist opinion.

With all consultations and investigations, we pride ourselves on keeping our patients up to date with our findings and this will be followed through by phone, email or letter (whichever is your preference).

Our aim is to provide an excellent service, based on our clinical judgement and knowledge in order for our patients to achieve excellent oral health.