Stephen G. Blank, DDS
Port Saint Lucie, FL 34986
This appointment is considered very important to both the patient and Dr. Blank. Because of this, we schedule 1.5 hours to spend with you. The visit begins with a:
- Dental and Medical History review with Dr. Blank
- Dental Desires and Goals will be discussed
- Tour of the office
- A review of sterilization systems
- Blood Pressure Screening
- Complete Oral Examination
- TMJ Evaluation
- Occlusal (bite) Evaluation
- Soft Tissue Examination
- Cancer Screening
- Dental Charting
- Computerized Periodontal Measurements
- Intra-Oral Video Tour of Your Mouth
- Study Model Impressions as needed
- Digital X-Rays (filmless, lower radiation) as needed for diagnosis
- Hygiene Fitness Evaluation and Score.
- Oral Hygiene Instruction and Practice.
At the conclusion of the first visit you should have a very good understanding of your current dental health. If your treatment is complex or has options to be discussed we may ask you to schedule a second visit to just consult with the Doctor after he has prepared written information for you. We call this a "Review of Findings and Treatment Planning Visit ". This is part of your examination visit, there is NO additional fee for treatment planning. Some patients begin their hygiene care at this visit. You will recieve a print out of your dental findings that will include: periodontal measurements, the intraoral pictures that we viewed together, and treatment fees so that you can plan your dental care. At this visit, Dr. Blank will treatment plan with you and clarify any questions that you may still have. Treatment needs, sequence and options will be reviewed. If there are choices in treatment paths, certain things you want to be addressed first and more, your decisions will be included and treatment will be finalized. Your input is crucial for developing a plan that will work for you. Long term success requires your desire to be healthy and follow through to meet the goals that we set together. You will receive:
A printed copy of your Examination Findings
A review of your Digital Radiographs (x-rays)
Alternate Treatments will be discussed if appropriate.
A copy of your Periodontal Measurement Form
Other materials related to your specific situation
Fees will be presented in writting after the treatment plan is finalized with you.
Financial Options will be reviewed as needed.
We believe this will be the most thorough First Visit / Oral Examination you will ever have. We will make sure that you are comfortable and enjoy this experience. This will NOT be like dental treatment of the past, this is NOT the 5 minute exam. This visit is the foundation to a good dental relationship that will allow you to achieve the best oral health possible, and with proper care, maintain that level of health for a life time.
For patients with emergency needs, we will treat one emergency concern to aliviate pain or infection. After this visit, we ask that you return for the complete examination and treatment planning visit to avoid repeated emergencies. Emergency care usually does not lead to a healthy mouth in the long term. My goal is to help people be as healthy as possible. There are other offices that cater to emergencies when getting healthy is not a big concern to the patient.
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