As you are aware, we have always strived to ensure our practice setting has a high standard of cross-infection for patients and staff. We have further enhanced our protocols, which will further reduce the risk to our patients. This includes staff and patient temperature checks, social distancing measures, Perspex screens on reception and installation of new airflow systems within the surgeries.
We are now able to offer all our normal services, including emergency appointments, routine examinations, Filling and Hygiene appointments. We have gradually contacted patients that had outstanding treatment or whose appointments were cancelled due to Covid.
Please either ring us or email firstname.lastname@example.org as we will need to ask some specific triage Covid-19 questions, update your medical history. This will help us plan where in the diary you should be booked, to ensure your safety. We will also ask you for your email so that we can send you your patient journey and consent.
Certain dental procedures generate aerosols, this means the surgeries need to be left empty to allow these aerosols to settle (Fallow time) before the nursing staff are able to disinfect the room. This has come at a cost to the running of the business. On balance, we felt we didn’t want to increase our prices to our lovely loyal patients , but we also need to reflect a small portion of the costs of this new way of working and the cost of the PPE at the moment. So, we have agreed for the short term whilst we are having to work in this way, there will be an added cost to any aerosol generating procedures e.g where a fast hand piece/surgical drill or ultrasonic scaler is used. We hope you understand the reasons why and sincerely hope you support us with these necessary measures.
If you have any questions about your treatment or the measures, we have put in place to protect both you and our staff, please do not hesitate to email or call the surgery.
We look forward to seeing you over the next weeks or months and thank you for your patience during this unprecedented period.
Ali, Sela and the rest of the Little Common Dental Team
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Prosthodontics – A prosthodontist is a dental specialist who is skilled in the replacement of missing teeth and the restoration of natural teeth. They are registered on the general dental council’s specialist list, and have had at least 4 years of postgraduate training within a teaching hospital. This type of specialist is trained to deal with complicated and simple restorations of the whole mouth as well as treating facial deformities. Common procedures treated by a prosthodontist may include dentures, fixed bridges, crowns, implants, veneers and more.
Endodontics – An endodontist is a dentist that specialises in the care and treatment and diagnosis of the dental pulp, tooth root, and surrounding tissues and in the associated practice of root canal therapy. Patients are referred to an endodontist when their nerve becomes infected.
Periodontology - A periodontist is a dental specialist that has completed an additional 4 years of specialty training in diagnosing, preventing and treating gum disease. Periodontists can also place dental implants as well as perform cosmetic periodontal treatments.
Dental Implant – A dental implant is a small screw that acts as an artificial tooth root when placed into the jawbone. It is made of titanium, a metal well-accepted by the body and one that can form a strong bond with the bone to create a stable foundation, to create an anchor for the placement of a crown, bridge or denture.
Hypodontia – Is the dental term for missing teeth. Sometimes teeth do not form, it is generally a genetic problem and often occurs in families.
An emergency service is provided so that we can continue to look after our regular patients if dental problems occur when the practice is closed. This information is available out of hours on the answer phone. Emergency appointments are available Monday to Friday during normal surgery hours. These are bookable no more than 24 hours in advance.
Time constraints limit the treatment that can be performed during emergency appointments and whilst we will endeavor to resolve your immediate problem, it will occasionally be necessary to book follow-up appointments to enable treatment completion.
Should you have an out of hours dental emergency that cannot wait, please ring the surgery on 01424 845530 where our out of hours emergency numbers will be provided.
Your call will be triaged and dependant on the problem advice will be given or a dentist will be called out to see you at the practice.
This service is only available to our registered patients. If a dentist is called out there is a minimum charge of £200 to open the surgery, any treatment carried out will incur a further charge.