Frequently Asked Questions
Some patients have found it useful to stage their treatment over a longer period. When a patient undergoes a full oral health assessment Chris will discuss with them all the clinical findings and relevant issues threatening long term health. From there, they work out which problems require immediate attention and what can be delayed.
Hygienists are highly trained professionals working in conjunction with a dentist to ensure oral diseases are prevented. Because prevention is such a huge part in the practice of dental care at Penrose Dental we require the expertise of a hygienist to focus on the active maintenance of a patient’s mouth. This allows the dentist to concentrate on the general status and condition of the oral cavity.
Fear of dental treatment could be the biggest barrier to long term health. The good news is we are experts at finding out what makes people scared and will do everything in our power to alleviate whatever anxieties they have in a caring, gentle and kind manner. Oral sedation can always be prescribed to help alleviate anxiety but we find that after gaining our patients trust and confidence this is very rarely needed.
We have turned many dental cowards into regular attendees. And dental visits for them are no longer stressful.
We acknowledge that the cost of dental care seems prohibitive to many and is an important factor in deciding the type of treatment a patient chooses.
There are usually several options for solving a dental problem and the cost will vary for each option. We support whatever the patient decides is best for them, provided they know fully the consequences of their decision.
Before any work is done cost estimates are discussed in full and there are never any surprises.
We are not the cheapest practice in town but because we want to be competitive we are definitely not the most expensive. Because each dentist is unique, and professional, clinical and communication skills vary considerably, comparing prices from different dentists would not be the same as comparing prices say for example a household appliance at different retailers. Dental fees are set according to how much a dentist thinks his work is worth compared to his peers. Patients need to decide whether price is the most important factor in choosing a dentist or whether quality of skill and care and cross infection control are a higher priority.