PATIENT NOTICE- EMERGENCY ONLY

PATIENT NOTICE
EFFECTIVE FROM: MONDAY 23rdMARCH 2020

Dear Patients,
To protect staff and patients, and following recommendations from Governing bodies, the practice will be closed for routine examinations and dental treatment to prevent further spread of the COVID-19 virus.This was a difficult decision but also one that makes complete sense in order to protect the public and lives.
If you have a true SEVERE dental emergency:
Such as:
1. a large infection causing swelling, difficulty breathing, or swallowing
2. or severe dental pain which is keeping you awake at night time and constant
3. or a sharp tooth which has caused severe laceration to the tongue or cheek
4. or trauma which has resulted in loose or lost teeth

PLEASE CALL: 0116 2707803 TO BE TRIAGED BY ONE OF OUR TEAM AND AN APPOINTMENT WILL BE MADE AVAILABLE TO YOU.

If you are in the middle of ongoing treatment which is deemed urgent, if not dealt with asap, you will be contacted and appointments will be brought forward so this can be completed as a matter of urgency.
We will contact you asap if your appointment is to be postponed.
Thank you for your understanding and we hope to return to our normal service as soon as we are able to.
We appreciate your cooperation during this difficult and testing time.

Please stay safe.

Coronavirus

We are open as usually, however due to the current Coronavirus situation we are advising patients, if you have a high temperature and/or a new continuous cough or have been in contact with anyone with those symptoms. We will need to rearrange your appointment for 14 days’ time. Our patient’s and staff’s health is our main concern and we provide high levels of infection control at all times. We ask patients attending an appointment at the practice to keep family and friends accompanying you to a minimum.
The NHS is well prepared for outbreaks of new infectious diseases and has put in place measures to ensure the safety of all patients and NHS staff while also ensuring services are available to the public as normal.
Check online at gov.uk and at nhs.uk for advice on your travel and contact history and the latest COVID-19 information before attending the dental practice.

 

Do not go to a GP surgery, community pharmacy or hospital.
Call 111, stay indoors and avoid close contact with other people.

Further information is available on nhs.uk.

Everyone is being reminded to follow Public Health England advice to:

• Always carry tissues with you and use them to catch your cough or sneeze. Then bin the tissue, and wash your hands, or use a sanitiser gel.
• Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after using public transport. Use a sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
• Avoid close contact with people who are unwell.

You can find the latest information and advice from Public Health England at Further information is available on nhs.uk.

NHS Orthodontic Treatment

 

Why is there a waiting list for NHS orthodontic treatment?

The world of NHS dental contracts, can sometimes leave our patients asking us why they can’t start their NHS orthodontic treatment immediately. In April 2006 the introduction of a new dental contract, outlined the eligibility criteria for NHS orthodontic treatment. As well as the number of our patients that can receive funding for orthodontic treatment each year.
In our practice this has led to a disparity between the number of patients who are eligible for NHS orthodontic treatment. Along with the number of patients we are able to refer each year. This has resulted in NHS waiting lists to ensure that patients are seen in the order in which they are referred for treatment.

How Do I Join the Waiting List for NHS Orthodontic Treatment?

Before you can join an NHS waiting list, you will need to be seen by a specialist orthodontist for a free NHS consultation to find out whether you are eligible for NHS treatment. Your dentist will need to refer you for this free consultation, undertaking their own assessment beforehand to determine a need for treatment for dental health reasons. Your dentist referral will either be sent directly to the practice or held on a central system and distributed when capacity for new patients becomes available.
During your free consultation, your orthodontist will be able to confirm whether you qualify for NHS care. If you are eligible for treatment, it is at this point that you may need to join the NHS waiting list.

Alternatives to NHS Orthodontic Treatment?

While we are big advocates of NHS treatment, it’s important for us to provide you with all your available options. This including self-funded private orthodontic treatment. As the name suggests, private care is not dependent on NHS funding. So you should be able to start your treatment within a matter of weeks and you don’t need to be referred.
To find out more about NHS and private orthodontic treatment at Knighton Dental Practice, please explore our website. If you have any queries, please don’t hesitate to get in touch on 0116 2707803 or via our contact form.

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Itero Scanner

Great News!

We are very happy to announce we now have a itero scanner here at the practice. With state of the art technology the itero scanner lets you see what your teeth would look like after orthodontic treatment, before you’ve even started!
Would you like to find out more about how the iTero Digital Scanner?  Our itero scanner can help you achieve the smile you’ve always dreamed of. Book a FREE Consultation appointment with our Treatment Coordinator today.

At your free consultation appointment our Treatment Coordinator will scan your teeth. Within a few minutes after scanning you will be able to view what your teeth could look like. Our Treatment Coordinator will then explain the options and process available to you, along with finance options and answering any questions you may have.

 

What is the iTero Digital Scanner?

The iTero Digital Scanner is an innovative piece of orthodontic technology. Digital scanner enables our team to get a clear picture of your teeth. Small and comfortable to use, the scanner allows us to take accurate records of your teeth and jaws to determine the best treatment which you will benefit the most from.
These records appear in 3D images, this will give us the best picture possible of what your teeth and jaws currently look like. Also this lets us see how they’ll be improved after treatment. The real bonus is that you can see the results we could achieve even before we start.During the impression process, you can breathe or swallow as you normally would. You can even pause during the process if you need to sneeze or just want to ask a question.

Christmas opening hours

We would like to wish our valued patients a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from all of us here at Knighton Dental Practice.
Please see below our opening hours over the festive period:

If you have any questions or need any further information then please call us on 0116 270 7803 to speak to a member of our friendly team.
If you are a patient of Knighton Dental Practice and are in need of Emergency Dental Assistance or Advice (but it is outside of our opening hours) then please call us on 0116 270 7803 and follow the instructions on our answerphone message.

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World Dental Congress — 3 teeth care takeaways from Copenhagen

Copenhagen Mermaid StatueOutstanding orthodontists and world-class smile surgeons winged their way to wonderful Copenhagen for the the 2018 European Congress on Dentistry and Oral Health on June 4th-6th this year.

As you can imagine, keynote speeches and exhibitions covered everything from adolescent incisors to tooth decay prevention for the elderly.

But we’ve gathered together three of the most interesting teeth care takeaways in one snack-sized blog.

1. Oral health and mums-to-be

Specialist Mohammad Shahbazi from Jackson State University shared his insights on oral care for pregnant women from a public health perspective.

His previous research into the prevalence of oral Mucosa Disorder amongst pregnant women in Iran underlined how important it is for expectant mothers to seek dental advice as early as possible.

We’re always happy to discuss the dos and don’ts of dental care during pregnancy with our patients, but for NHS information on teeth, gums and diet in this important life stage, take a look at this article.

2. Cosmetic dentistry

Next up on our highlight list is consultant orthodontist Hani Dalati from Health Point Hospital in UAE — he gave a fascinating talk on the changing role of orthodontists in the face of technological advances in cosmetic dentistry and rising client demand.

He emphasised that for some patients, simple orthodontic treatments can achieve the desired results, with more permanent solutions playing their part should problems progress further.

This was music to our ears because we always recommend the most appropriate bespoke tooth care solutions for every patient.

3. 3D Printing

Last but not least on our list of top-flight teeth care researchers is Russell Wang, Associate Professor at Case Western University, with his fascinating insights into 3D-printed dental jawbone implants.

In jaw reconstruction, 3D printing enables an unrivalled level of personalisation and rapid prototyping. The technology is still in its developmental stages, but the fact that viable 3D jawbones have already been printed with biocompatible polymeric materials is encouraging.

We’re already enthusiastic about the excellent results patients achieve from dental implants — so Russell whetted our appetites on what the future might hold.

Dental care advances at an impressive pace — but in order to provide you with the best care, we always keep abreast of the latest developments.

So here’s what we’ve learned:
  • Mums-to-be should seek dental advice as early as possible.
  • Simple orthodontic solutions can still be extremely effective.
  • 3D printing can take implant innovations to an impressive new level.

If you want to discuss any aspect of dental care, contact us on 01662 707803.