Archive for May, 2010

NHS charges

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

 

There are 3 standard charges for NHS treatment:

. Band 1 -£17.00

This covers an examination, diagnosis (e.g x-rays), advice on how to prevent future problems, a scale and polish if needed and application of fluoride varnish or fissure sealants. If you require urgent care, even if your urgent treatment needs more than one appointment to complete, you will only need to pay one band 1 charge.

. Band 2 – £47.00

This covers everything listed in band 1 above, plus any further treatment such as fillings, root canal work or if your dentist needs to take out one or more of your teeth.

. Band 3 -£204.00

This covers everything listed in bands 1 and 2 above, plus crowns, dentures or bridges.

You may be eligible for help with all or part of the costs of your NHS dental treatment. To see if this applies to you, you could ask at our reception or visit www.dh.gov.uk/dentistry

Enlighten teeth whitening

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

 

 

 

Enlighten is the most recent whitening system we have at Mawsley dental clinic and from the dentists point of view, it is the best we have yet to come across. It is a combination treatment meaning that there is a 2 week home treatment followed by a 1 hour visit to your dentist.

How do i get started?

You can book an appointment with your dentist for a consultation and they will go through the procedure with you. When you decide to go ahead with the treatment, the dentist will have to take upper and lower impressions of your teeth. This is sent to a specialised enlighten laboratory for the whitening trays to be made. This takes 2weeks or you have a fast track option where for an additional cost, you could have the trays back within 3days.

Once the trays are back you will have another appointment with the dentist for them to talk you through the treatment and take a starting shade of your teeth. They will give you the trays and whitening kit which includes the whitening gel and desensitising swabs.

What do i have to do at home?

You will have to wear the trays with the gel in them for 14 nights. On the 15th day you will have an appointment with your dentist for the second part of the treatment which takes place in the surgery and only takes 40mins.

How long does it last?

We advise that you top up your whitening by wearing the trays for 1 night every month. This will ensure your teeth are kept at the optimum result.

Are there any side effects?

You may experience some sensitivity, however you will have received some desensitising swabs in your take home kit, which will work immediately.

Is it safe?

Completely, the materials used in enlighten whitening have been used in dentistry for over 100 years.

AIRFLOW! Tooth stain removal

Thursday, May 6th, 2010

Before airflow         After airflow

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Staining of the teeth can occur from tea, coffee, red wine and certain foods that we eat. Airflow is a simple, painless solution to rid you of the stains and make your mouth feel fresh and clean.

How it works.

It is a mixture of air and modified sodium bicarbonate combined with a water jet which produces a spray at high speed. This removes the stains easily and quickly.

You would be surprised at what a difference airflow can make. It may be all you need to make you feel happier about the appearance of your teeth.

Ask reception or your dentist about airflow.