Best Dental Care
This is a way of joining the practice as an ongoing patient and spreading the cost into monthly instalments. As well as your dental health being looked after by the practice, Denplan covers emergency care nationally and internationally, accident cover and some finance towards hospital care.
We have three Denplan schemes that therefore can suit most needs.
- Denplan Care – designed to cover all treatment costs excluding laboratory bills. This removes all uncertainty about future treatment costs.
- Denplan Essentials – a core service covering checkups, x-rays, dressings and biannual cleans. It also offers a 20% reduction on ongoing treatment costs such as fillings and crowns.
- Denplan Children – children can be covered at a reduced rate if a parent is registered on Denplan with us.
Please go to the fee guide for costs. For further information, please go to www.denplan.co.uk
Item Of Service
This simply means you pay for the treatment chosen, as you receive it. A price list is available (PDF), however, every treatment plan is individually assessed by the dentist and appropriate fees are allocated. This allows you to tailor your treatment to as much or as little as you want. It gives you the ability to get the care you would like and allows you to consider all options available for modern dentistry today.
Please ask reception for a brochure.
If you are experiencing dental pain or having a problem please telephone the practice as soon as possible so we can organise to see you quickly. If you have problems outside of normal working hours and you feel you cannot wait until the practice is open again please still ring 01434 632810 and listen to our answer machine message. We have a dedicated “in-house” emergency service with dentists from our own practice whenever possible. For our Denplan patients, the call-out is subsidised by Denplan to reduce this fee to £25, and for non-Denplan patients, the call-out fee is £160.
Helpful Tips And Advice
- My tooth has broken and it is sharp – You need to see us as soon as possible for a new filling but sometimes covering it with chewing gum can relieve your symptoms – yes it’s simple but it can help, however, remove it if in danger of swallowing.
- My crown/cap has come off – If it is vital for your appearance and the crown/cap will go back with little pain you can use denture adhesive as a temporary measure to keep it in place. Again arrange to see us as soon as possible, and remove it if in danger of swallowing. Please do not use super glue.
- I have continuous pain that throbs – This is likely to be an abscess around the tooth or gum. Take appropriate painkillers following the recommendations on the packet. Hot salt water (tea/coffee temperature) held in the mouth around the area may help. Seek advice as soon as possible.
- I have fallen over and knocked a tooth out – Seek help and advice immediately. Find the tooth and bring it with you in a container covered by your saliva and blood. This helps keep the tooth alive.
Mouth Cancer Information
IF IN DOUBT, GET CHECKED OUT!
Early detection saves lives, look for:
- Mouth ulcers that don’t heal
- White or red patches
- Drinkers, smokers and those who chew tobacco are most at risk
Early detection transforms survival chances to more than 90%. Oral checks are performed on every routine examination visit.
To help maintain a healthy mouth there are 3 important things to consider
- Oral hygiene– how you clean your teeth. We can help you with improving this with advice.
- Social, and Dietary Habits- As mentioned before smoking and drinking alcohol can severely affect the health of your teeth and supporting structures. Snacking on even healthy foods and drinks between meals will increase the likelihood of getting decay. Water is the best drink between meals.
- Regular maintenance with your dentist, who will try to ensure problems are seen early and so kept small and easily correctable. We always check your medical history as this can guide us to give you the best health care, as some medical issues can affect your mouth and so may make sensible differences to treatment plans, and reviews.
Patient Information On Practice Compliance
These policies govern our behaviour and awareness towards our staff, patients and the wider public. They are available in the practice patient handbook in reception.
- Standards of Care
- Statement of Purpose
- Complaints Handling Procedure
- Privacy and Practice Information Policy
- File of Patient-directed Policies
- Duty of Candour Policy
- Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults Policy
- FOIA guide to information