Dental Assessment

New Patients

At Platt and Common Dental Practice we are delighted to welcome new patients. Our refurbishment and extension has allowed us to increase our capacity of patients and enables us to offer quick appointments with no waiting list. We offer a full range of NHS and private treatment options, including free treatment for certain categories of patient.

What to expect

Your first appointment will be for an initial examination, which will check
  • The current health of your teeth
  • The current health of your gums a soft tissue check (including an oral cancer check)
  • Recording of your level of oral Hygiene
  • Recording of your level of decay and risk of future decay
  • We will also listen to any problems or concerns you may have regarding your teeth or gums.

We deliberately avoid carrying out any treatment at this appointment as this allows us to spend the time assessing your oral health and addressing any concerns you may have.

To assist with our assessment it is common to take x-rays at this appointment as these help to build a more complete picture of the health of your mouth, allowing us to come up with the most appropriate treatment options for you.

From the information gathered we will then construct a treatment plan and give you
  • An overall picture of the health of your teeth and gums
  • Information regarding any aspect of your soft tissue check that may merit further investigation
  • An idea of the treatment required
  • An idea of the number of visits required
  • Options or alternative treatment options where appropriate
  • An estimate of the cost of any treatment, identifying which items are NHS and which are private where appropriate

What we expect

On making your appointment we will take some details to enable us to contact you and to allow us to create a record for you on our computer system.
If you are making the appointment in person, you will be given a medical history form to take away and complete. We would be grateful if you could complete this in advance of your appointment noting any relevant information including current medical conditions and any prescribed medication you currently take as this will save any unnecessary delay at your appointment.
Should you be making your appointment over the phone we would ask that you arrive a few minutes before your appointment time to allow time for this paperwork to be completed. Again, bringing notes of any medical conditions or medication you are taking will make this process a lot easier.
If you can't make an appointment please try to give us at least 24 hours notice. This allows us to use the space, often for emergency patients who need urgent assistance.

Speak to us

This enables us to tailor your treatment specifically to you. If there is a reason something can't be done we will let you know why
  • Tell us about your concerns or fears
  • Tell us what you don't like about your teeth


Listen to us

Prevention is better than cure! It is a cliche, but it is true. We will give preventive advice appropriate to your situation.

Spread the word

If we do a good job tell your friends and family. If, in the unlikely event we don't live up to your expectations tell us why so we can improve.