Why become a patient at Caspian Dental Clinic?
There are many reasons for seeking a new dentist. You may have moved to another neighbourhood or a different city altogether. Perhaps your current dentist is retiring, your needs have changed or you are dissatisfied with the service you are receiving.
When you choose a new dentist, you are making an important decision for you and your family. You are entrusting care for a key part of your overall wellness to someone with whom you’ve had no prior experience. Most of us rely on recommendations from family and friends or other health care practitioners as we consider our options for dental care. These days, people often supplement that with information gathered online. There are many things to consider when looking for the right dentist and dental practice for you and your family. Here is a checklist which you may find useful:
In order to work legally in the UK, all dentists, dental nurses, dental technicians, clinical dental technicians, dental hygienists, dental therapists and orthodontic therapists must be registered with the General Dental Council (GDC), the organisation which regulates dental professionals in the United Kingdom. See The Good Dentist Guide to Dental Regulation. In addition the dental practice must be registered with the Care Quality Commission.
A general dentist must have successfully completed at least five years of undergraduate training to become a qualified dental surgeon .In addition a good dentist will be able to show evidence of continuing professional development since qualifying, in order to keep up to date with new techniques and treatments. Many will be members of additional professional associations and societies.
Chair side manner
Your dentist, like all the practice staff, should be polite, friendly and respectful. They should be willing to give information, discuss options and answer questions about the risks and benefits of proposed treatments and should be sympathetic to nervous or phobic patients, children and the elderly.
The dental practice should be well organised, immaculately clean and tidy, comfortable and welcoming. Practice staff should be polite, efficient, friendly and respectful. The practice should be open and honest about its prices and always provide a written treatment plan and cost estimate. The practice should have a clearly documented complaints procedure and should welcome feedback; it should keep full and accurate patient notes and should send appointment reminders.
A dentist who is up to date with modern methods will use up to date technology: special dental cameras, computer generated X-ray images, they will also use the most technologically advanced laboratories to make anything that cannot be made on the premises. How has the dentist kept abreast of new developments in dentistry? Dentists and practice staff use continuing education courses, seminars and trade shows to learn about new techniques and technologies to make sure you have the best treatment options.
A practice located close to home or work may make it much easier to attend regular appointments.
What are the dentist’s hours of operation, and how are patient emergencies handled outside regular hours? You will want to find a practice with opening hours that are convenient for your schedule. It’s also a good idea to inquire about when the next available appointments are, as many busy practices are scheduled months in advance. In the case of an emergency, most dentists make arrangements with a colleague or an emergency referral service if they can’t attend to urgent needs.
Personal recommendation from friends and family can be a great help in choosing the right dentist but using google reviews for the practice, the practice’s rating on Facebook and reading reviews from other patients on the practice’s website is invaluable.
The layout of the website and its content
The content of the website should be useful, rich and relevant. Good website should give you information about the practice such as price list, location, opening hours, terms and conditions of the practice, the dental team and ethos of the practice. Also case studies, blogs and patients feedback on the website are strong indications of the quality of the service the clinic provides. They should also give you the opportunity to submit enquiries.
What to expect during your first visit
Good dentists take a personal interest in patients and their health. They are prevention-oriented but not faddists. A thorough dental examination includes inspection of the teeth, gums, tongue, lips, inside of the cheek, palate, and the skin of the face and neck, plus feeling the neck for abnormal lymph nodes and enlargement of the thyroid gland.
In adults a periodontal probe should be inserted between the gums and teeth to detect abnormally large crevices.
Good dentists also chart their findings in detail. Regular check-ups can detect problems early. Routine tooth cleanings, bite evaluations, periodontal examinations, early interventions, and fluoride treatments can often avoid costly repairs.
The frequency of maintenance care (including calculus removal and x-ray examinations) should be based on an assessment of the frequency of cavity formation, the rate of calculus formation, the condition of the gums, and any other special problem.
Once current treatment has been completed, the patient should be placed on a recall schedule and notified when the next checkup is due. High-quality dental work usually lasts a long time, whereas low-quality work may fall out shortly after it is done.
The price of dental work is not the best way to judge quality; rather, pay attention to the time the dentist takes to do the work. High-quality dentistry cannot be done assembly-line style; it takes time and meticulous attention to detail.
Before embarking on treatment, get a clear understanding of what is to be done and what the outcome might be. Consider treatment options, because there may be more than one way to accomplish a goal. For example, a removable bridge, fixed bridge, or an implant may all be acceptable ways to replace a missing tooth; but they have different advantages, disadvantages, and cost.
Test Your Choice
At Caspian, We understand that:
- Your time is precious and you have a lot to fit in to your day. That’s why we’re open almost anytime. Appointments outside of our normal hours are no problem. We are open on Saturdays too, however an appointment on Sunday can be arranged too. Just call and let us know when is best for you.
- You come to the dentist because you want to take care of your dental health and make the most of your appearance. That's why we provide the perfect balance of general and cosmetic dentistry.
- You value excellence. That’s why we've invested in the most up-to-date equipment. Built a small but brilliant team. And created a space where you'll feel welcome and relaxed. We took great care designing our clinic. We wanted to create a space that balances the best in dental technology in a place where you feel warm and welcome. All our equipment is the latest available to modern dentistry.
For example: We only use digital x-ray, which means
- We get images immediately and can make a quick diagnosis
- Better resolution so we can zoom in and out for an accurate view
- You spend less time waiting
- We can store, and where necessary share, your images
- We don't use film, which is kinder to the environment For root canal work, we use a rotary endodontic nickel-titanium system that -
- Like digital x-ray, gives a more accurate result
- Is quicker, safer and more efficient than conventional systems
- Means you spend less time in the chair And our intra-oral camera -
- Allows us to get a more detailed view inside your mouth
- Helps with fast and accurate diagnosis and treatment
- Displays the images on a monitor so you can see exactly what we're seeing
- Helps you understand and be involved in your dental care
- Allows us to print and store images for your ongoing treatment and care
Make an appointment with us now and experience the kind of dental care you've always wanted.
We are Caspian, we are simply excellent.
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