Your teeth are precious. Look after them and they will last you a lifetime. If they are neglected, problems can occur quickly and with little warning. While teeth can be replaced with prosthetic alternatives, it is often an extensive and costly procedure. Visiting the dentist regularly is one of the only ways to ensure that you catch some dental issues early enough. So, why do so many of us put off that visit?
For many, visiting the dentist is a chore that needs to be done but there is no enthusiasm for it. Working with the right dental team can make all the difference. If you experience an atmosphere that is friendly, efficient and professional, you are more likely to visit before you absolutely have to. More and more practices, like Aura Dental in St John’s Wood, are paying attention to the whole patient experience and improving the overall perception of visiting the dentist.
Support starts in the reception area. This section of the team helps you to make appointments that fit around your busy life. They are also your first point of contact on arrival so they can offer a friendly welcome. Administration staff take care of your data. They ensure that your dentist can easily access your records and be aware of any special considerations that apply to you.
Putting the patient at the centre of the experience may sound like an obvious move but it has not always been the case. We all expect more now from our healthcare than being processed and shown the way out. A dentist is now more likely to focus on your individual needs and consider how your treatment will impact your life. In this way, you can get a service that makes you more likely to re-visit and to consider the exciting extras that are available, such as cosmetic dentistry.
Some dental treatments are more expensive than others. Even where treatments are available through the NHS, there is often a more comfortable, faster or more aesthetically pleasing treatment available privately. In order to make these more accessible to a wider range of patients, practices offer payment plans or finance options to help spread the cost. This means that you do not have to wait for treatment.