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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,

We would like to reassure you that we will be remaining open during the second Lockdown restrictions which come into force on Thursday 5th November. 

If you currently have an appointment booked with us in November and onwards we will be OPEN AS USUAL.  The Minister of Health confirmed that dental practices are essential services and will not be affected and you are encouraged to keep your appointments.

Your safety and oral health is our priority and we look forward to seeing you.  Dental Practices are one of the safest and highly regulated environments and we  wear all the necessary Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and continue to follow our high standards.

When booking your appointment and prior to your visit we will ask you to complete a pre-COVID questionnaire. If you need help completing this our reception team are here to assist.

When you arrive:

Please wait outside the practice at the time of your appointment.  Our reception team will call you when it is time to see you.

We advise that face masks are worn at all times while inside the practice until your examination or treatment takes place when you will be asked to remove it.

Hand sanitiser is provided upon arrival and we keep your possessions safely in a box to avoid/reduce any contamination in the surgeries.  We will also check your temperature.  It will be very helpful if you can avoid bringing in any shopping into the practice if at all possible.

We thank you for your patience during this difficult time and look forward to seeing you. 

There is a short video link attached to show you how we are working to keep you safe to continue caring for your oral health.

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.