EMERGENCY APPOINTMENTS.

March 18th, 2019

At Tavistock Drive Dental Care part of the receptionist’s job is answering the phone to people who are not our patients but wanting an emergency appointment.

Emergency appointments on the day are generally only available to people who already attend the practice.  It is a little optimistic to expect an immediate appointment, if you have not been to us before and are not registered with a dentist, due to the administration involved and the staff care and time given.

Obviously this is not uppermost in your mind when you are in pain and we do not like patients to suffer, the best place to go for emergency treatment is the NHS walk in centre in town.

If you are prepared to wait until we have a gap, we would charge £45 to be paid before the appointment, which covers your examination and extra time given to discuss the issue with the dentist and fill in medical forms.  Any x-rays or treatment would be extra, but you would receive a written estimate which we would ask you to sign if you want to go ahead with the recommended treatment.

If you have moved locality, register with a new dentist as soon as possible to give you peace of mind and book in for regular check ups so emergencies are as infrequent as possible.

Tavistock Drive Dental Care. NG3 5DU. 0115 9602717

MEDICAL HISTORY FORMS.

March 13th, 2019

Medical & dental history forms are issued to every new patient and take at least 10 minutes to fill in.  When we book a ‘New Patient Appointment’ we allow for the time to fill out the forms first.  The information needs to be up to date and accurate, as some medications may be contra-indicated in treatment.

At least once a year we will ask you to re-read your forms and to check your contact details so that our information is correct.

It is very important that you inform your dentist about any changes to your medication or state of health at every visit.

Thank you for your patience in this.

Tavistock Drive Dental Care. NG3 5DU. 0115 9602717.

COLD SORES.

March 6th, 2019

If you suffer from cold sores you will know how painful these can be.

A Cold sore usually appears on the lip as a small, painful blister which dries up to form a yellow crust and gradually heals in 5 – 7 days.

Cold sores are infectious and the virus can easily be passed to other people. It is most infectious whilst it is blistering. Always avoid touching a cold sore, so that you minimise the chance of spreading the virus.

If you have a cold sore, contact your Dentist or Hygienist before your appointment.  It is not advisable to treat patients whilst the virus is active, the area may be very painful, crack and bleed during dental treatment. Once the cold sore has opened up it will take a further 5 to 7 days to heal.

Please call us on 0115 9602717 for more advice if you need it.

Teeth Grinding In Your Sleep.

February 25th, 2019

Grinding teeth in your sleep is very common, many people are not aware that they do this.

You may have woken up with discomfort or pain in your jaw, shoulders or neck and not known what may have caused it.

Your dentist can tell you if there is any abnormal wear and tear due to grinding your teeth and if it has damaged the enamel.

To prevent grinding of your teeth your dentist can make you a night guard to wear. This is an appliance that keeps the teeth apart and allows the muscles to relax in a normal position.

If you feel that this might be a problem, visit us at Tavistock Drive Dental Care and we will be happy to advise on the best solution.

PRIVATE OR NHS DENTAL CARE.

February 13th, 2019

If you are looking for a good dentist you may be wondering what the difference is between Private or NHS care?

It is not a matter of private dentists charging more for the same level of care as you receive in an NHS practice.  It’s about finding a good dentist who will do everything they can to help you keep your own teeth for as long as possible, whilst giving advice on the best methods of oral hygiene and preventive care.

Tavistock Drive Dental Care provide adult care on a private basis which allows us to spend chair-side time with you.  We believe it is not possible to offer the care current standards demand without the extra time spent.

We also offer emergency appointments on the same day, wherever possible, for any patient who is already registered and new private adult patients appointments within a week.

Our practice is on the NHS list as we have a contract to see children on the NHS (of parents who are seeing us privately).

If you would like to know more please call us on 0115 9602717. NG3 5DU.

BLEEDING GUMS.

February 6th, 2019

If your gums bleed regularly when you brush your teeth you may have GINGIVITIS – inflammation of the gums.

If this condition is untreated it could develop into PERIODONTAL DISEASE – the bone supporting the teeth resorbs and the teeth become loose.

Dentists look out for this condition at your check up appointment.  If it is detected early, the teeth can be effectively maintained.  We also recommend you talk to our hygienists who can give helpful advice on keeping your teeth clean and how to keep them in the best condition.

Book an appointment at Tavistock Drive Dental Care, Mapperley Park, Nottingham. Tel. 0115 9602717.

HYGIENIST APPOINTMENTS

January 28th, 2019

We offer hygienist appointments every day except Tuesdays.

Cleaning our teeth thoroughly is an essential part of a heathy daily routine and our experienced hygienists will be able to explain the best way.

Everyone’s teeth differ and there are many inter dental brushes, flosses and mouthwashes on the market, so make the most of your appointments and get advice at Tavistock Drive Dental Care.

DRY MOUTH

January 23rd, 2019

Not only is a dry mouth uncomfortable and sometimes painful, it can affect your dental health. Saliva is essential to neutralise plaque acids that can cause tooth decay.

Plaque is a sticky soft bacterial deposit that sticks to your teeth close to the gum line and between the teeth.

When you eat foods which contain sugars and starches bacteria produce plaque acids, which if not removed can dissolve the enamel on your teeth or combine with minerals to harden and form tartar deposits.

Plaque will always be produced, but with careful brushing, flossing and/or use of inter-dental brushes you can minimise it’s effects on your oral health.

Regular chewing of a sugar free gum after eating, can also help to reduce the amount of plaque.

Brush your teeth twice a day, use inter-dental aids and visit us at Tavistock Drive Dental Care regularly for advice on controlling this problem.  0115 9602717.

ARE YOU NERVOUS BUT NEED A DENTIST?

January 16th, 2019

We can help you overcome your nerves with our sensitive and caring approach to dentistry.

Many people have been recommended to the practice by family or friends and been extremely happy with the services we offer and the standard of dentistry they have received.

If you would like to find out more, contact the surgery and we will arrange an appointment for you with one of our dentists.

The initial examination, once you have decided to come,  lasts up to 40 minutes and gives us the opportunity to get to know you and discuss all options for any  treatment you may need.

If you do not need any treatment then the dentist will just advise on how often you need routine examinations and possibly hygienist visits.

You then have the opportunity to book treatment appointments or take the estimate away to consider it in your own time.

An initial examination fee of £45 is payable on booking (X Rays charged separately on the day).

All of our treatment is offered on a private basis.

Tavistock Drive Dental Care, 0115 9602717.

CROWNS

January 9th, 2019

Crowns can be an ideal solution to improve the look of your teeth after damage or decay. They may be used to strengthen heavily filled or broken teeth, after a root filling or to hold a bridge or denture in place.

Crowns are made from a variety of materials which the dentists at Tavistock Drive Dental Care will advise you on before treatment. Crowns are made to match as closely as possible to the colour of your existing teeth.

You would need at least two appointments – the first for the preparation and the second, about two weeks later, for the fitting.  You will have a temporary crown whilst waiting for the new one.

If you would like to know more please contact us at 1 Tavistock Drive, Mapperley Park, NG3 5DU on 0115 9602717.

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