Since the 8th of June we have been seeing patients in the practice for face to face treatment of urgent problems. We have used this time for clinical and reception staff to trial new systems, and for all of us to get used to the realities of providing dental treatment in today's environment.
Our priority during this pandemic remains the safety and wellbeing of our patients and colleagues. Dentistry itself hasn't changed, but we have had to change our operating procedures to keep practising. We are only able to see a massively reduced number of patients in order to comply with social distancing guidelines and the need for even more scrupulous cleaning of the premises and changing of PPE between appointments.
The situation is constantly evolving and we will be updating our operating procedures in line with local and national guidelines as they emerge.
We will continue to prioritise appointments for our existing patients who have contacted the practice with urgent dental problems.
Please *do not * visit the practice unless you have an appointment booked.
Our team have been working incredibly hard adapting the practice layout, learning new procedures, ordering and using new equipment and communicating with patients, colleagues and the wider healthcare community.
We will be in touch with you when we are ready to book you an appointment.
We thank you all for your patience during this difficult time and look forward to seeing you again soon.
If you are experiencing dental problems, please check out our guide to managing dental problems at home.
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Your dentist will determine how regularly you need to visit us based on your own personal needs. Often, you may feel like you have no issues therefore you do not feel the need to attend dental appointments, especially if you have no pain. Remember, prevention rather than cure; it is easier and cheaper to prevent problems occurring than to cure ones that have already taken hold. It is essential to keep up with regular visits to maintain a clean and healthy mouth and to prevent any problems developing. At Lion House, our practice policy states you must attend for an exam appointment in a two year period or you will lose your NHS space at this practice.
Whilst we aim to ensure continuity, you are not ‘registered’ with any particular dentist. At times, it may not be possible for you to see your regular dentist, however all of our dentists are fully qualified and experienced practitioners and you may be offered appointments with them.
When you attend the dental surgery, you may be asked by our reception team to complete a medical history. This is to ensure your dentist has an up to date record of any medical issues you may have.
The dentist will then ask you about your general health and determine if you are experiencing any issues with your dental health.
They will then conduct a thorough examination of your entire mouth, checking your teeth, gums and soft tissues. X-rays may be taken to check for cavities and other issues with your teeth and jaw.
You may be asked to return for further treatment. Your dentist will explain the cost and details of the recommended treatment.
It is important that children see a dentist from an early age to familiarise them with the surroundings. We recommend bringing them as soon as their first tooth appears. Children’s teeth are much softer than adult teeth, therefore problems can develop much faster.
It can be daunting for children if they are not used to the environment so lots of praise and encouragement is advised to help make their dental visits enjoyable!
Many patients require dental X-Rays. The frequency depends on each individual patient and their circumstances. Some patients require X-Rays every six months, others who have excellent oral hygiene and visit the dentist regularly will only need them every year to two. This will be discussed with you at your appointments.
Definitely! Excellent oral hygiene is key to maintaining a healthy mouth. Your toothbrush will do a great job of cleaning the fronts and backs of your teeth but can't reach the areas in between. There are various interdental cleaning aids on the market such as floss, interdental brushes or Waterpiks.
The correct interdental cleaning aid for you, to clean inbetween your teeth, varies on the size of your gaps. Should you require advice, please ask your dentist or hygiene therapist.