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Top Tips

Top tips to consider before selecting an Implantologist.

  • Experience: Ask how many years experience the dentist has and how many implants he/she has placed, request testimonials if possible.
  • Qualifications and training: Some dentists can do a course for implants in just one weekend.
  • Check the make and quality of implants: Have they any evidence of long-term success rate. A few successful and well-known companies are for example Astra, Straumann, Ankylose, Nobel Biocare.
  • Implant company background: Recently new implant companies have reached the market. Check these companies have evidence, as some are even made in the Far East. Like other companies, they start up and close down. At The Gallery, Dr Balaji has seen some patients who have previously had these implants which have failed. Due to the unawareness of the company, there was nothing that could be done for them apart from new implants.
  • Does the dentist offer guarantees? Is your dentist willing to give you a guarantee and are they going to replace it for free if the implant fails?
  • Is the dentist or surgeon local? Check if he/she is just visiting, as you need to guarantee if something was to go wrong someone will know how to treat you in the long term.
  • Cheap is not always a good option: All of the aforementioned points should be considered before making your decision. Would you really want to go through this expensive surgical procedure again? The recent PPI Breast Implants scandal is a worrying example.
  • Quality of implant crowns: Implant crowns need to be well made to fit the implant, ensure the teeth suit your bite and look as natural to your smile as possible.

Our points are merely a guide to help you make the best decision for you – when selecting where to have your implants undertaken and what you get for your money. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us at Meadow Walk Dental Practice on 01280 812701. We are very happy to help.

Information about the temporary practice closure and emergency treatments

Dear Patients,

Following the announcement by the government on 28th May, we are incredibly pleased and excited to announce that we are hoping to re-open The Gallery Dental Group Practices mid to late June for appointments. The announcement was publicised on the news to the public without giving dental practices any prior notice to fully prepare and we are still waiting for confirmed guidelines so do please bear with us.

We have had to cancel numerous appointments since the lockdown began 3 months ago and will initially be prioritising appointments for our existing patients who have had dental emergencies or appointments cancelled, in order of urgency. Please do not attend the practice unless you have an appointment. The reception teams are available to take calls from immediate effect and we would ask if you do have an emergency to email the practices initially with the subject heading “I have a dental concern” with a brief message of the problem/symptoms. We will be able to add you to the priority list and will contact you in due course.

At The Gallery Dental Group the most important thing is patient safety and comfort, and that is why we have spent the time of closure upgrading the practices, training the team and introducing the following measures to keep our patients and staff SAFER than ever.

The practices, as you are aware are always a very clean and safe environment. However, we have placed hand sanitisers at entry points, upgraded our Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for all appointments and where treatment is prescribed you will notice different PPE worn by the clinicians. We have also redesigned the patient journey in line with social distancing.

We thank you all for your patience during this difficult time and look forward to seeing you again soon!

Assuring you of our best attention at all times.

The Gallery Dental Group Team

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Practice Closure Update

Information about the temporary practice closure and emergency treatments. The practice will be closed from Tuesday 24th March 2020 to ensure we are protecting you, our lovely patients as well as our staff.