COVID-19: NOTICE TO ALL PATIENTS

Dear All,

As you will have heard, dental practices in the UK are allowed to re-open from the 8th June. The health and safety of our patients and staff are paramount, and we will therefore be making a number of changes to our service in line with the latest COVID-19 policies. We therefore ask you to kindly bear with us as we will initially be running a reduced by-appointment-only service dealing with dental emergencies, urgent open courses of treatment and filtering through any backlog as a result of the lockdown. We will be contacting patients that have open courses of treatments and rearranging their appointments.

There have been numerous changes in our guidelines necessary to maintain patient safety during the COVID-19 pandemic, as a result our service is limited for the foreseeable future, we will be slowly increasing our availability for routine care to normalise our services. In the meantime we are open and providing urgent care, if you have a dental emergency please call us on 0208 303 4077 or NHS 111 out of hours.

We would also like to ask that you kindly pay attention to the following changes:

  1. Please only arrive at the practice if you have an appointment. If you do not have an appointment and wish to speak to someone please contact us via telephone or email:reception@bexleyheathdental.co.uk.
  2. Please arrive a few minutes before your appointment and a member of staff will greet you. You will be provided with an alcohol hand rub and escorted to your treatment surgery.
  3. Please maintain social distancing of 2 metres while on-site. We kindly ask you not to bring any other members of your family or friends with you to your appointment. If your child is attending the practice for an appointment, then we ask for only one escorting adult to attend with them.
  4. To avoid large queues at the desk and build-up of traffic within the practice, for your safety we ask that you call back to book any follow-up appointments. Please bring your own pen to fill out any necessary forms.
  5. We would also like to ask that all payments aremade by card where possible for cross-infection reasons.
  6. If you are a patient classed as at risk or shielding, please advise the receptionist when making an appointment.
  7. If you have any COVID-19 symptoms, you should not attend the practice

For orthodontic patients, please note that we will contact you on Thursday 4th June in order to rebook your appointments. Again we kindly ask for your patience and flexibility when re-booking appointments, as the lockdown has inadvertently lengthened treatment times and we will endeavour to do our best to get everyone's treatment back on track.

Thank you for your understanding and we are looking forward to welcoming you once again into the practice.

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Periodontics

Periodontics specialises in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of periodontal (gum) disease. Periodontal disease is damage to the structures around the teeth, which include the gums, ligaments and bone. In the earliest stage of the disease — gingivitis — only the gums are affected. In more severe forms of the disease, the damage extends to both the gums and the bone.

Over 50 % of adults in the UK have some form of gum disease and often it goes unnoticed.

Not only can it give you bad breath (halitosis) and bleeding gums but if left untreated, can lead to tooth loss and contribute to other underlying health issues.

Maintaining healthy teeth, mouth and gums is at the heart of what we do. Preventative dentistry is all about caring for your teeth and gums, ensuring they remain healthy, and routine inspections to check for and prevent mouth cancer.

Do you have any of the following symptoms?

Bad breath

Bad Breath

Bleeding gums

Bleeding Gums

Inflammation swelling

Inflammation / Swelling

Receding gums

Gum Recession

Tartar build up

Tartar Build Up

Loose teeth

Loose Teeth

Effects of poor dental hygiene on the body

Patient Journey

Consultation

The severity of your gum disease will be assessed by our Specialist through detailed measurements

Treatment

The treatment will be tailored to your individual needs and carried out over several sessions to treat and stabilise the gum disease

Review

After a period of healing our Specialist will review your progress and response to treatment

Maintenance Phase

To ensure that the gum disease does not return, you will often be required to have regular hygiene visits

Often Gum Disease Is Not
Identified Until Symptoms Are Severe

Many people do not experience any symptoms until they have already started to lose some of the supportive structure around their teeth, therefore regular visits to the dentist and hygienist are very important in both the prevention and treatment of gum disease.

Some common signs of problems you should be aware of are bleeding from your gums after brushings your teeth (over a period of several weeks), bad breath, bright red or inflamed gums, soreness and loose teeth.

Two of the main causes of tooth loss are gum disease and tooth decay. Our dental and hygiene experts work together with you, so we can treat any existing problems and help prevent them recurring in the future.

Our hygienists play a vital role in helping you keep safe against gum disease, which may include scaling and polishing them, in order to keep them free of plaque. Following any treatment, we will then put together a tailor-made maintenance plan for you to follow at home.

Stages of Periodontal Disease (Gum Disease)

Below you can see the transition from healthy gums to advanced gum disease. Red, swollen and bleeding gums are typically the first symptoms that you would notice, followed by loosening of the teeth during the advanced stages

Periodontics Bexleyheath Stages of gum disease

Our Periodontal Specialist

Maria Victoria Rincon Castro

Maria Victoria Rincon Castro

Dentist with interest in Periodontology

[GDC No. 160263]
BDS (Col) Spec perio oral med (Col) PG Cert Surgical and Prosth Imp (Lon)

Dr Victoria Rincon graduated from the School of Dentistry of Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Colombia in 2000. She spent several years developing and enhancing her general clinical skills before deciding to pursue the specialty of Periodontology & Oral Medicine at Universidad El Bosque, Colombia. During her training she spent two months at the Forsyth Institute in Boston, USA as a volunteer student at the Microbiology Department and completed her degree in 2006. After her postgraduate training, she moved to London and successfully completed her registration process as a dental surgeon in June 2008. She worked mainly in private practice as a general dentist with an interest in Periodontology during 4 years before completing her training in Surgical and Prosthodontic Implantology at the UCL Eastman Dental Institute. She now limits her practice to periodontics and Implant Dentistry.

Some Example Cases

Non-Surgical Therapy

Non-Surgical Therapy Example Before
Non-Surgical Therapy Example After

Gingival Grafting

Gingival Grafting Example Before
Gingival Grafting Example After

Crown Lengthening

Crown Lengthening Example Before
Crown Lengthening Example After

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Contact Details

Tel:
02083034077

Email:
reception@bexleyheathdental.co.uk

Address:
Bexleyheath Dental Practice, 306 Broadway Bexleyheath, Kent DA6 8AA

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