Are you anxious about visiting the dentist?

Many people are anxious when it comes to visiting the dentist. Most people can manage these anxieties themselves and it doesn’t impact their dental health but for some this just isn’t the case. Some patients are that anxious about the dentist they put off visiting us and having the treatment done that they need. Here at Beeston Dental Practice and Implant Clinic, we understand that it can be an apprehensive time and can offer you conscious sedation to get you through your dental needs. 

Our Dentist Nilesh has completed a Post Graduate Certificate in Dental Sedation which allows him to provide sedation for nervous patients.

What does sedation involve?

IV (intravenous) sedation is a method that can be used to control your level of anxiety, it will help you to relax and you will find yourself more calmer and less tense both physically and mentally. This helps make your visit to the Dentist easier to cope with and less daunting. The method of intravenous sedation involves a sedative drug which is administered intravenously usually through the back of your hand or forearm, its given through a vein allowing it to work quickly and allows the dentist to continually adjust the level of sedation.

Although you are conscious and able to respond to everything that is asked of you, you won’t remember much from your visit to the dentist. The sedative drug used makes you very relaxed and you are able to forget about what is going on, enabling you to have the dental treatment you require. Patients normally remember little or nothing of the procedure.

So why choose sedation?

  • It is proven to be an effective method for controlling anxiety.
  • It provides you with a more relaxing, comfortable and pleasant experience.
  • It is safe and very commonly used.
  • You will be in constant communication with our team and they can provide you with a pain free experience.
  • Makes it easier to accept complex treatment.
  • Helps with patients who have a strong GAG reflex.

Is sedation safe?

Yes, a fully trained and experienced team provides sedation. The method is proven to be reliable and safe, our team will be able to answer any questions you have in relation to IV sedation.

 

One of our recent sedation patients Elizabeth had this to say about her experience...

The treatment all went really well and I have no bad memories about it. Having been too scared to visit the dentist for 10 years I would have no concerns about future visits or treatment knowing I'm in good hands!

 

Make an appointment with one of our our experienced team who will be more than happy to discuss the procedure with you and answer any questions you may have. We have a consultation room in a non-clinical environment so please don’t be afraid to come along to see us as we will give you plenty of time to ask questions and will talk you through the process step by step.

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Considering Dental Implants Abroad?

Considering dental implants? There are a number of different things to consider when having dental implants and one of the main decisions to make is which practice to choose. Should you choose a local dental practice or consider going abroad where the treatment might be cheaper?

Sometimes a more attractive price is enough to tempt some people to travel abroad, however there are potential risks associated with having implants place abroad especially with communication and aftercare.

Communication

You may incur communication difficulties abroad with the dental team which may not just be related to the language difference as there can often be cultural differences too. You may not receive or understand all the information required and may not receive the reassurance you would expect from a dentist and their dental team.

Trust and Confidence

Implant surgery is surgical procedure and the decision of who carries out your treatment should not be taken lightly. There can be a number of complications that can sometimes but rarely occur during the procedure, but having that trust and rapport with your dentist and there team can be a very important factor. If you are unfortunate that a complication with your treatment does occur, it’s important that you trust that your dentist will identify this to you and rectify if possible. The standard of care abroad and the relationship between you and your dental team may differ from your expectations.

Cost

If you choose to have your dental implant placed at a local surgery rather than travelling abroad, you will only be paying for the cost of the implant treatment. When having a dental implant placed abroad, you will have to consider additional costs such as accommodation, travel costs, insurance and transport.

Aftercare

Having a dental implant is not just a single appointment process as there is a lot of planning from the dental team that goes into placing an implant and involves a number of different dental appointments that you will need to attend to ensure your case is precisely planned and tailored to you. After your procedure, it’s very important not to forget about your implant. Regular dental check up’s and hygiene appointments are extremely important to help maintain the health of your implant and reduce the risks of experiencing any complications. It’s far more convenient to do this if you have used a local dental practice, especially if you need to be seen urgently.

Complications and Follow Up care

Occasionally complications can occur such as your bone not taking to your implant leaving the implant loose in the socket. This however can only be identified a few months after your initial surgery. When patients seek follow up care in the UK after having an implant placed abroad, it can sometimes be very difficult for your local dentist here to treat the implant if they don’t have the full documentation about the procedure carried out. There are currently approximately 50 different systems that can be used to place dental implants that required different instruments and materials, which your local dental practice may not stock.

Did you know?

We are aware that dental implants can be expensive; however here at Beeston Dental Practice and Implant Clinic we offer a cost effective 0% interest free finance package, so we can ensure you will be left instantly smiling with confidence and help to eliminate the complications of having dental implants place abroad.

Cost of a ‘Single Unit Dental Implant’: £2800

10% Deposit of: £280

11 Monthly Direct Debit Instalments from: £229

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Sensitive Teeth?

Most of us will, at some point or another, experience sensitivity in our teeth. Quite often this is temporary and is usually temperature related, but it can also be both persistent and uncomfortable. It may also indicate an underlying problem with your teeth or gums. However, having a conversation with your dentist is the first step in finding relief from your discomfort.

Why do I have sensitive teeth?

There are a number of different factors that can potentially cause your teeth to become sensitive. These can include the following:

Enamel Erosion – When the hard enamel surface of our teeth becomes worn or damaged, the softer dentin layer underneath is exposed. Our dentin is made up of microscopic tubules filled with tiny nerve endings, therefore any temperature extremes are more likely to be felt via the nerves in our teeth. Worn and damaged enamel can be caused by too many acidic foods, poor oral health or even teeth grinding.

Gum Recession – As we get older, many of us will find that our gums start to recede, leaving your root surfaces exposed which have no enamel. This is likely to cause an increase in sensitivity. Brushing incorrectly and with force can also cause your gums to recede which can also lead to sensitivity.

Gum Disease - A build-up of plaque or tartar can cause your gums to recede down around the tooth and even destroy the bony support of the tooth leading to sensitivity. Pockets can form you’re the gums around your teeth, making the area difficult to keep clean and the problem worse.

Tooth Decay – Tooth decay can cause toothache on its own as it exposes the dentin of your tooth, however sensitivity can be a known symptom.

Broken or Chipped teeth – Any damage to the teeth will expose the dentin and make the teeth more sensitive.

Temporary after effects of dental treatment – After any type of dental treatment, it’s common to experience some increase in sensitivity following any dental procedures, but this is typically not a cause for concern and usually passes within a few days.

Prevention

Providing that their teeth and gums remain healthy, most people avoid the discomfort of sensitive teeth.

  • You may find that hot, cold, sweet or acidic drinks, or foods like ice cream, can bring on sensitivity, so you may want to avoid these.
  • If you have sensitivity when brushing your teeth with cold water from the tap, you may need to use warm water instead. It is important to keep brushing your teeth regularly - if you don't, this could make the problem worse.
  • Brushing your teeth twice a day for two minutes and cleaning in between your teeth using floss or interdental brushes on a daily basis.
  • If your concerned that you may be brushing your teeth too hard, consider switching to an electric toothbrush as particular brands have pressure sensors on to prevent you from applying too much pressure.
  • Change your toothbrush every three months or sooner if it becomes worn.
  • You should use fluoride toothpaste twice a day to brush your teeth and there are many different brands on the market that can help to ease the discomfort of sensitivity. You can also rub sensitive toothpaste onto the sensitive areas before you go to sleep at night. However, these toothpastes can take anything from a few days to several weeks to take effect.
  • Regular routine visits to your dentist will help to keep your oral health in optimum condition and any problems that may cause sensitive teeth can be detected and treated.
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Treatments

If your sensitivity is caused by an underlying dental problem, you may require a course of treatment.

  • Your dentist may treat the affected teeth with special ‘de-sensitising' products to help relieve the symptoms. Fluoride gels or varnishes can be applied to sensitive teeth. These can be painted onto the teeth at regular appointments one or two weeks apart, to build up some protection.
  • If this still does not help, your dental team may seal or fill around the neck of the tooth, where the tooth and gum meet, to cover exposed dentin.
  • To help treat and prevent gum disease, our dental hygienists can clean your teeth professionally, removing any hardened plaque and helping to restore good oral health.
  • Where the teeth are chipped or cracked, it may be possible to repair with small fillings or crowns.
  • In very serious cases it may be necessary to root-fill the tooth.

Dental and Oral Health Awards 2017

The team here at Beeston Dental Practice and Implant Clinic can proudly announce that we have recently won an award for our contributions to promoting Oral Health. We are proud to promote oral health care advice and continue to invest in our team, services and environment. We have specifically trained dental nurses who can also offer complimentary appointments as preventative care is very important to us all.

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Oral hygiene has been a crucial part to our lives over recent years, with companies inventing and creating innovative, and healthier ways, to protect our gums and teeth. GHP Magazine has created the Oral Health Awards 2017 to recognise and acknowledge those companies who support the welfare and wellness of our gums, and those who are truly dedicated to providing the best service for their clients and customers.

The aim of the Oral Health Awards 2017 was to showcase the achievements of companies associated with this important sector, from the leading dental practices to those companies offering innovative technologies and solutions to make sure they stay ahead of the game. All companies associated with this market will be considered, the only criteria is that they are committed to providing the very highest standards of care to patients and clients they support.

Winners can rest assured that their success is truly deserved, as we have employed a thorough research process to make absolutely certain that only the best receive one of our prestigious accolades. 

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Christmas Opening Hours

Beeston Dental Practice and Implant Clinic's Christmas Opening Hours:

Monday 25th December: Closed
Tuesday 26th December: Closed

Wednesday 27th December: 9:00-17:00
Thursday 28th December: 9:00-17:00
Friday 29th December: 9:00-17:00


Monday 1st January: Closed
Tuesday 2nd January: Open normal hours

 

In case of a dental emergency out of hours, please contact the practice on 0115 9254 169 and follow the instructions on our answering machine to direct you to the out of hours Dental services.

We wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from all the team at Beeston Dental Practice and Implant Clinic!!!

The McGill Consensus On Over Dentures.

In 2002, a panel of dental experts met to discuss lower dentures. They made a landmark statement called ‘The McGill Consensus statement on over dentures’. Click here to see more...

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They decided that when someone has got no lower teeth (called edentulous), then the first standard of care should be an implant retained over denture on two dental implants in the lower jaw, and not a normal denture.

Although most patients are able to adapt to an upper denture, a lower denture is a different mater - the bony ridge is smaller (there is no palate to help) and the mobile tongue moves and dislodges the lower denture too. This is why many lower denture wearers report not being able to eat some foods and suffer with under confidence as a result.

Watch the video below to see exactly what an over denture on implants is.

If two or more dental implants are placed in the lower jaw, then the lower denture can be retained onto these implants dramatically improving the retention and stability of the denture. Many significant studies reveal an improvement in the quality of life for these patients.

At Beeston Dental Practice and Implant Clinic, we have improved many patient’s lives with these treatments so if you suffer with loose lower dentures then maybe you should consider what most dentists regard as the first standard of care for these patients - an implant retained over-denture. If you are interested in finding out for about this kind of treatment or other implant treatments then contact us on 0115 9254169 or e-mail reception@beestondentalpractice.co.uk

BDP Refurbishment

As some of you may of noticed, Beeston Dental Practice and Implant Clinic is currently undergoing some refurbishment work. We have completed phase one of our building works which introduced a new room to holding training sessions for staff and a non clinical area to discuss cases and questions with patients.

We are now moving on to renovating our reception area and are very excited about this phase of work. We plan to create a larger space with more natural light and more room for seating. We also plan to extend our porch to incorporate a disabled toilet. Have a look at our blueprint plans below...

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We are working very closely with the builders to avoid any disruption to the practice however we apologise for any conveniences caused.

During this period, we ask our patients to follow the signs and to access the building from slightly further down Devonshire Avenue through our side door. This will direct you to our temporary reception area. However our disabled access hasnt changed and is still accessable throuhgout the bulding work.

Meet Keith....

This is Keith Rodgers. He is one of the loveliest patients we have ever had the opportunity to treat. He brings sunshine and happiness to us every time he blesses us with his presence. He was ultra positive from the outset, and you can’t help but be buoyed along by his infectious personality. 

He felt under-confident because he had a missing front tooth and some tooth wear. There was a mismatch here - because his outward positive personality was not reflected in his smile. 
We worked through the treatment options for his missing tooth with him. An implant, a denture or a bridge for the missing tooth, and some white filling build ups to restore the tooth wear. He chose a denture and the white filling build ups. 

We worked closely with him and our preferred technician Stephen Green to get a result that would match his personality. So now Keith’s smile reflects the real him. We have all found it an honour and a pleasure working with him and the team thanks him for choosing us to help him smile.

Mouth Cancer Action Month

In the UK, more than 7,000 people were diagnosed with mouth cancer last year. The disease has grown by a third in the last decade… that’s why Mouth Cancer Action Month is so important.

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Did you know that every time you attend for a dental check up, we screen your mouth for oral cancer?

A lot of people today are aware of the general benefits of good oral health, but one benefit many people may not have considered is that regular examination's of the mouth, particularly by a dentist, could be potentially life-saving, as it can lead to the identification of the early warning signs of mouth cancer.

What is Mouth cancer?

Most people have heard of cancer affecting parts of the body such as the lungs or breasts. However, cancer can also occur in the mouth, where the disease can affect the lips, tongue, cheeks and throat.

Anyone can be affected by mouth cancer, whether they have their own teeth or not. Mouth cancers are more common in people over 40, particularly men. However, research has shown that mouth cancer is becoming more common in younger patients and in women.

In the last year more than 7,000 have been diagnosed with mouth cancer in the UK – an increase of more than a third compared to a decade ago. Sadly, more than 1,800 people in the UK lose their life to mouth cancer every year.

What can cause mouth cancer?

Around 91% of all diagnoses of mouth cancer are linked to our lifestyle and by amending these choices, we can help cut the chances of developing mouth cancer.  Here are the risk factors that have been shown to play a major role in contracting the disease:

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What are the signs of mouth cancer?

As mouth cancer can strike in a number of places, including the lips, tongue, gums and cheek, and given that early detection is so crucial for survival, it’s extremely important that we all know what to look out for and to inform your GP or Dentist immediately. Three signs and symptoms NOT to ignore are:

  • Ulcers which do not heal in three weeks.
  • Red and white patches in the mouth.
  • Unusual lumps or swellings in the mouth or head and neck area.
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How can mouth cancer be detected?

Mouth cancer can often be spotted in its early stages by your dentist during a thorough mouth examination. Remember, your dentist is able to see parts of your mouth that you cannot see easily yourself. If mouth cancer is recognised early, then the chances of a cure are high which is why its important to keep up with regular dental appointments.

Here are the six basic areas your dentist will investigate during a normal check-up:

  • Head and neck
  • Lips
  • Cheek's
  • Roof of the mouth
  • Tongue
  • Floor of the mouth

For more information, please click here to visit the Mouth Cancer Action Month's official website to learn more about the charity and to donate. Or take a #BlueLipSelfie like some of the Beeston Dental Practice's team to help raise awareness....

If you would like any further information or are worried about any signs or symptoms, then please contact the practice on 0115 9254169.

Our new Dentists...

Here at Beeston Dental Practice, we would like to welcome are two new Dentists, Hamza and Lucy. As recent graduates, each dentist has a mentor within the practice, who are our Principle Dentist Chris and our Associate Dentist Nilesh who provide assiatance whenever it is needed.

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Hamza

Hamza graduated from the university of Liverpool with Honors, gaining distinctions in restorative dentistry, oral disease and oral health. He was awarded the Walter Thomas prize and Malcom Foster medal for excellence. Hamza is local to the area having been raised in Nottingham and is glad to be working back in his home town at such a well regarded practice.

Hamza seeks to ensure patients are taking an active role in their treatment and feel in control and comfortable. He understands that many patients are a little nervous when attending and takes additional steps to help with this.

When not at work Hamza likes to spend his time socialising with friends, travelling and reading. He enjoys spending time with his family and his cat.

Lucy

Lucy is graduated from the University of Birmingham. She's thoroughly enjoying her time working in such a friendly and well respected practice. Lucy strives to put patients at ease with a relaxed manner and is committed to ensuring that all patients receive the highest standard of care.

Lucy has particular interests in restorative dentistry and oral surgery and would like to further her skills in these areas in future.

In her spare time Lucy enjoys socialising with friends, keeping fit at the gym and baking.

Full Arch Prosthesis

Are you fed up of.….

Having no teeth?

Having loose dentures?

Not being able to eat or talk with confidence in social situations?

Do you want to know what your options are so that you can start your journey to a more confident you?

Do you want to be someone who smiles and socialises with confidence and who can order whatever they want in a restaurant without the fear that their teeth will let them down?

Then this is the blog for you...

Dentists call the things that replace a whole set of teeth a ‘Full Arch Prosthesis’. Full arch because it replaces the full arch of upper or lower teeth, and prosthesis because a prosthesis is an artificial body part.

Patients don’t often care what it’s called – they just want some teeth. So what are the options for replacing your teeth when you have none.

Dentures

Most people know what dentures are. They are made of acrylic by taking impressions of the ‘gums’ and they rely on suction to keep them in place. This suction is not always reliable and dentures do have some movement in use. They are removable too.

 

Implant Retained Dentures

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Dentures can be held much more securely in place by connecting them to dental implants by using ‘locators’ on the implants which press fit into the denture so that their retention and stability are much improved. Patients who make the journey from wearing normal dentures to implant retained denture often find it a life changing experience because the difference in retention and stability is profound and can be a dramatic confidence boost to them. Click here to find out more...

 

Implant ‘Bar-Retained’ Removable bridges

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These bridges are fitted onto a permanent bar which links at the implants. The bar is permanently fitted onto the dental implants but the bridge that fits onto the bar is removable. The stability and retention of the bar is superior to that of the locator retained dentures above but the bridge is still removable. This bridge also has the advantage over the above locator retained denture in that it does not cover the whole of the palate which is more comfortable for the patient.

 

Fixed Implant Bridgework

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Many patients do not feel complete until they have fixed in teeth i.e. teeth that are not removable. These types of bridges usually require more implants than removable options although sometimes they can be placed on top of four implants. They are a full set of teeth that are screwed in permanently into the implants and are the closest thing to natural teeth that you can get to after losing your teeth. Click here to find out more...

 

So if you are fed up with loose teeth or loose dentures and you want to smile and eat with confidence then please give us a call on 0115 9254169 and ask out receptionist to book you an appointment with Chris to discuss things further.

Alternatively e-mail reception@beestondentalpractice.co.uk

Beeston Dental Practice’s First Ever Bake Off!

 

This year Beeston Dental Practice are taking part in Macmillan's biggest coffee morning! Last year we managed to raise over £400 for this amazing charity!

On Thursday September 28th from 2pm, we will be out in our garden again serving delicious cakes and hot drinks and also running a tombola stall all to raise money for this good cause. We will also be selling raffle tickets to win some fantastic prizes!! 

This year we have been inspired by the great Mary Berry and the cakes we will be selling will be made by our wonderful team that are taking part in our first ever BDP bake off! Our dental nurses Amy and Emily have arranged the bake off which all team members who are taking part have paid £1 to enter and been given a recipe to follow. They will be judged on the day and then sold at the coffee afternoon. 

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Our dentists and nurses will be offering free oral health advice to help you gain a healthy smile! We will also be joined by some of the team from Curaprox who will be more than happy to give you information and demos about their fantastic products.

Please come along and support this great charity by having a cuppa with us and trying some of our delicious homemade cake (we won’t tell the dentists we promise!!).

We look forward to seeing you on the day!

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Digital Smile Design

The team just wanted to let you know about a new treatment concept that we have been using here at Beeston Dental Practice.

The concept is called ‘digital smile design’ or DSD (click here to find out the history of DSD) and it has been gaining popularity recently to aid the treatment planning in complex cases where the aesthetics of a new smile are key.

First, photographs and impressions are taken of the patient in question before any treatment has taken place. Using this information, we are able to ‘mock up’ a photograph of the patient's new smile and show it to the them before any treatment is embarked upon. Sometimes we can even mock the new smile in the patient’s actual mouth!

See this helpful video link which explained the process very well.

This way we can be clear to our patients about what they can expect from the proposed dental treatment before they decide to actually go ahead. This has always been very difficult before digital smile design, when patients could only be shown what to expect on a waxed-up model.

With digital smile design, patients can actually see what their smile would really look like with their lips and cheeks and on their face, instead of just looking at a model on a bench.

This has proved to be an extremely valuable communication tool for us in managing what patients can expect from their treatment so that they can make a better, more informed choice about their treatment.

We used DSD for the patient below to help her get the smile she wanted to replace her missing tooth and to correct her small lateral incisor. She was very pleased – see her before and after images below.

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Before DSD

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After DSD

If you are interested in digital smile design then e-mail info@beestondentalpractice.co.uk or give us a call on 0115 9254169.

We did it!!

Back in October last year, the team at Beeston Dental Practice were moved by the plight of a young dentist in the village of Sargur. She was working without a dental chair so was unable to provide a proper dental service to the local villages. The villages had to travel miles to the government hospital in Mysore, unfortunately the poor couldn't afford to do this so they remained in pain and untreated.

We decided to help the Bangalor Children's Charity to help to raise the funds to provide the dentist with a dental chair so she was able provide a better quality of dentistry to the community by completing a team 40k tandem bike ride around Rutland Reservoir last October.

Last October, the BDP team successfully completed the challenge with the majority of us having no training and even one of us had never even ridden a bike before. It was hard work and we got absolutely drenched as it rained for the majority of the day but we completed the route in just fewer than 4 and half hours (including a stop off at the pub of course) on tandem bikes. Click here to see our previous blog to have a laugh at our photos from the day.....

The team were extremely grateful to everyone who sponsored us to help us reach our target for this amazing cause. We are happy to inform you all that we managed to raise an amazing amount of £764.25 which has helped fund a brand new dental chair!

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We will continue to keep you updated with the young dentists progress so far and how she is getting on with her brand new dental chair!!

Beeston Dental Practice's Promise To You

As a team we have been thinking a lot about 'Our Why' lately. Why we get up every morning and go to work. Why we choose to do what we do and why we choose to work at Beeston Dental Practice.

When we think about our ‘why’ we think about everyone who works at Beeston Dental Practice, everyone of us who gives our most valuable resource - our time to the Practice.

When we think about how much time our team spend with each other at the Practice compared with the time we spend at home with our families it certainly makes us think.

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And it makes us think we want this Practice to feel like another family – we want to create a ‘circle of safety’ for all the team so that everyone feels valued, protected, safe and free to express them selves, to feel empowered to take responsibility for delivering the best care they can provide for our patients, because at the end of the day that is where we get our satisfaction from.

We want every member of the team to feel in control, and to take ownership of their role, to feel they can make a difference to our patients, and develop themselves and the Practice. We hold each other to a higher standard than individual members of the team hold themselves, and we want to surprise ourselves with what we can do and achieve. We want every member of the team to be a vital cog in our machine. 

Fundamentally, we all want to feel happy and fulfilled, and satisfied in our work. 

The Practice will grow and we will all to grow with it.

We want to listen, to seek to understand and empathise with each other and our patients, we value the differences in each other, and differences of opinion, because that is where our most valuable growth and development will come from. We endeavour to make ‘emotional deposits’ in each other and our patients. We support each other because we never know when we might need support ourselves. 

And if our standard of care or service falls below par, which it sometimes will, we have an atmosphere of honesty and openness, and the courage to admit to our failings to our patients and each other, and put things right. Within our ‘circle of safety’ we are safe in the knowledge that as long as we have good intentions, as long as we are honest we will be supported and protected in that circle of safety - it is all part of our development and getting better as a team. 

And when there are times when we are unsure what is for the best, when there is confusion about what the best strategy is, we will ask ourselves ‘What would I do if that was my daughter or my son? How would we want them to be treated in that situation?’  The answer to that question will provide the guidance we need. 

We have a long term vision for our Practice and the team. We want to invest in and develop our skills and our environment. We want to create a referral Practice of such a standard of care and service that other Dental teams want to learn from us and attend our courses. 

Long term thinking and long term investment in our team and our environment will help us get to where we want to be, and will take precedence over short term gain.  

We are a legacy Practice with long term aims, that will continue to work and thrive for many years to come.

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