COVID-19: NOTICE TO ALL PATIENTS

Dear All,

As you will have heard, dental practices in the UK are allowed to re-open from the 8th June. The health and safety of our patients and staff are paramount, and we will therefore be making a number of changes to our service in line with the latest COVID-19 policies. We therefore ask you to kindly bear with us as we will initially be running a reduced by-appointment-only service dealing with dental emergencies, urgent open courses of treatment and filtering through any backlog as a result of the lockdown. From next week we will contact such patients in order to rebook their appointments. Due to the large backlog of appointments, we ask you to kindly bear with us whilst we work hard to get through this backlog and resume your service.

We would also like to ask that you kindly pay attention to the following changes:

  1. Please only arrive at the practice if you have an appointment. If you do not have an appointment and wish to speak to someone please contact us via telephone or email.
  2. Please arrive a few minutes before your appointment and a member of staff will let you in.
  3. Due to social distancing rules, we kindly ask you not to bring any other members of your family or friends with you to your appointment. If your child is attending the practice for an appointment, then we ask for only one escorting adult to attend with them.
  4. To avoid large queues at the desk and build-up of traffic within the practice, for your safety we ask that you call back to book any follow-up appointments.
  5. We would also like to ask that all payments are made by card where possible for cross-infection reasons.

For orthodontic patients, please note that we will contact you on Thursday 4th June in order to rebook your appointments. Again we kindly ask for your patience and flexibility when re-booking appointments, as the lockdown will have inadvertently lengthened treatment times and we will endeavour to do our best to get everyone's treatment back on track.

Thank you for your understanding and we are looking forward to welcoming you once again into the practice.

Lesley - Key Case Study

'All On Six Dental Implants'
Lesley came in to see us for a consultation complaining of loose, broken and discoloured teeth with generalised gum problems. She was having problems with her partial denture and very embarrassed about her "smile". Lesley found it very difficult when chewing and therefore wasn’t enjoying food as much as she could.

Before Treatment

After Treatment

Consultation

When Lesley came to have her initial consultation we were pleased to see her as we instantly knew we could help. We took X-rays and a CT scan and we discussed her treatment options. We offered the choice of removal of all of the remaining teeth with either a full upper and lower denture or the option of a system called "all on four" or "all on six" (4 or 6 implants upper and lower with fixed implant bridges replacing 12 teeth). Lesley opted for "all on four".

Treatment

Under sedation, we removed all of the remaining upper and lower teeth and we placed 4 implants into the lower jaw and 4 implants into the upper jaw, followed by placement of fixed temporary 12 unit bridges on the same day.

We then waited for the implants to integrate within the jaw bone for approximately 3-4 months, before we made the permanent teeth for Lesley in conjunction with the laboratory.

Aftercare

We asked Lesley to come back after a couple weeks following the implant placement for a review, to check the healing of the implants. Following a period of healing, arrangements were made for impressions to construct the permanent fixed bridges that were fitted a few weeks later.

We also asked Lesley to come in to have 2 hygienist appointments during the first year after implants and then she had yearly followup reviews.

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Address:
The Sandford, 306 Broadway Bexleyheath, Kent DA6 8AA

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