How Often Should I See the Dentist for a Check-Up and Cleaning?
Most children and adults should see their dentist and hygienist for a regular cleaning and check-up every six months. Tobacco and alcohol use, diabetes, pregnancy, periodontal and gum disease, poor oral hygiene are some of the many factors that your dentist takes into consideration when deciding how often you need your dental cleaning and check-up. People at a greater risk of oral diseases should have dental check ups more often.
Is it important to replace missing teeth?
A confident smile and a healthy mouth are important assets but it is important to replace missing teeth for health reasons as well. Once teeth have gone it results in bone loss. This not only shortens your face and ages it, but can cause other teeth to become loose which are then at risk of falling out. Your features droop and generally appear distorted.
Missing teeth also provide fertile breeding ground for tooth decay. If you have one missing tooth the surrounding teeth become increasingly susceptible to decay, which can result in them being lost as well.
Do you have a payment plan?
We pride ourselves on providing the very best care to our patients. Part of this commitment to providing you with the care you need is ensuring that our dentistry is affordable and finances don’t get in the way of you receiving the expert dentistry you require. To ensure this we offer finance options, including 0% finance, on most treatment plans. Please ask your clinician for details.
Do you have a membership plan?
Yes, we offer the Portman Care plan. This is an easy monthly payment scheme that enables you to receive the regular treatment you need while also benefiting from substantial savings on cosmetic and advanced treatment. Please ask at reception, one of the nurses or your dentist for more information.
Is the parking at the practice?
Yes, there is free parking at the front of the practice.
Do you offer emergency care?
If you are in pain or discomfort with a dental emergency, we can help you. We aim to:
- See you on the same day that you contact us
- Diagnose your dental problem
- Discuss the treatment options available to you
- Relieve you from pain and discomfort
Please contact us on 01788 565089.
What is your complaint procedure?
We take any complaints very seriously and will always listen and try and resolve any concerns directly with you. Please feel free to contact the practice manager on 01788 565089.
How do I get more information about dentistry and the profession?
The General Dental Council (GDC) is the organisation which regulates dental professionals in the United Kingdom. They do this by:
- registering qualified professionals,
setting standards of dental practice and conduct,
assuring the quality of dental education,
ensuring professionals keep up-to-date,
helping patients with complaints about a dentist or dental care professional, and
working to strengthen patient protection.
For more information visit their website at www.gdc-uk.org