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What happens during a initial check up?

An appointment is allocated for your check up, we will take photographs and make a note of previous treatments. If X-rays are necessary you will be informed of the charge and you can either approve that at the same visit or return for them later. You may need to do a complete set of records including study casts or digital scans for diagnosis and treatment planning.  The treatment that you require will be discussed with various options. The consequences if you leave it untreated will be discussed. Any long-term deterioration over the years, if spotted, will be discussed. You will get a verbal and as needed written explanation of the treatment, estimated cost of treatment and duration or number of visits anticipated.


What if I find the cost per visit is more than I can afford.

Feel free to contact us. In most cases we could offer an instalment payment plan or a finance option. Also it may be that  that you may not need to have the treatment right away. Urgent treatments that may be needed to be done may need to be undertaken prior to braces


Why do you treat on private basis only?

Ours is an exclusive private practice providing treatment for Children &  Adults.  People aged 18 years and above and those who have minor irregularities of teeth are usually not eligible for treatment in NHS.


What is preventive dentistry?

Most disease process including decay are reversible in early stages. Reversing a process requires one to one sessions with a patient to give a tailored plan in the form of hygiene instructions, diet modification and application of preventive varnishes. It takes about 2 to 4 years before you perceive a change for better. In the mean time someone has to pay a clinician to provide advice, treatment and motivation. Visits tend to be short and pleasant as there is less of painful repair work.


Why should I have check-up regularly?

There is no clinical reason for the six-monthly check-up. The reason we recommend a visit six-monthly is that you will be more relaxed if you are familiar with the staff and your surgery. In turn the staff tends to feel more relaxed while treating you. Tension is a two way street. If you attend when you feel the need, you are bound to be tense and distrustful. The surroundings will not be familiar. You will not have familiarity with the staff. Any treatment options discussed will be bad news, as you will be thinking “how much will this cost me?” An experienced clinician treating same patients for a number of years will have a mind-map of the conditions he faced when he last treated you. By the time you arrive with a problem, the clinician will have chosen the right technique and materials that will work. The treatment proceeds quickly and smoothly.

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