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Apr 2020

Where are we now with Corona Virus and Dentistry?

As of 8/4/20, there have been no general updates with regards to the provision of general dental care in a practice like ours, based in Fulham London. This is an incredibly frustrating time for of all us here especially for those of you who are in need of routine emergency dental care which could be a simple tooth fracture, a lost crown, a broken denture, a lost filling, an ulcer or gum bleeding for example. Most dental emergencies are not classified as being urgent or life threatening such as a rapidly increasing swelling, head trauma or difficult in breathing from bleeding after a tooth extraction.

Whilst we accept that the decision by the health and governing bodies are designed to stop the spread of coronavirus by limiting face to face contact between dentist and patient, this does leave many hundreds if not thousands of patients with anxiety about when their emergency can be seen to and whether the problem is going to get much worse during the delay.

What options do you have to access emergency dental care?

Well, the simple answer to this is that you are very limited options. NHS England have advised us that Urgent Local Care Centres were being set up with the view that dental emergency care could be referred to these centres based on a triage system. However, as of today, Tuesday 8th April 2020, these centres have not been established and we have no means of referring patients to them. Personal protective equipment (PPE) is a real issue and that fact that these centres will be at high risk of transmission of the virus, PPE is critical. Personally, I would be more than happy to treat emergency dental cases with our current protocols we follow at Progressive Dentistry which include the use of a surgical mask, full facial visor along with a cap and full surgical gown.

There are various hospitals that are accepting emergency care in London such as Kings College, Guys Hospital, Royal London and Whipps Cross. However, I appreciate that a hospital setting is the last place you may want to visit in terms of social distancing for a simple issue such as a chipped tooth.

How can we help?

Free Video Consultations are now available

I am delighted to announce that we have set up video consultations which can be booked via the website. On the home page, simply click the VIDEO CONSULTATION icon at the top next to the telephone number. You will then be sent to this page:

Then pick a topic, I don't mind if you simply want to talk about Invisalign for example!

You will then be able to pick a date and time and a verification will be sent. It is really that simple.

The consultations are via the Zoom platform which all businesses seem to be using these days, which is great for Zoom. There are always winners and losers with any crisis! However, the interface is very easy to use and secure. We can even record the consultation so that references can be made to our discussion later down the line when 'normal' practice can resume. When that will be? Your guess is as good as mine but hopefully weeks rather than months.

How can a video consultation help?

Well good question. In fact, a video consultation is far better than a telephone or e mail one. I can physically see you and close ups of your teeth and face are possible with practice. Very obvious problems with present easily on screen and I can make a differential or definitive diagnosis with options to help. This may be advising on self care remedies, prescribing pain relief, anti biotics to sending out products which may help such as temporary filling paste, silicone putty to cover a sharp edge or prescription based toothpaste or gels such as Duraphat 5000 or MI Plus Paste. The end goal is to provide a level of care that is still bespoke to your need until such time that we are able to see you here on Fulham High Street.

Can you still contact us the old fashioned way?

Yes, of course. Our contact details are the same as ever and we now have a mobile phone number for calls and WhatsApp:

T 0207 7311162

e info@progressivedentistry.co.uk

M 07508 663942

Please stay safe!

Written by Dr Nissit Patel Clinical Director


Dec 2020

Merry Christmas!

We are now closed for the Christmas break and will re open on the 30th December for emergency appointments from 0900-1400. This will be by appointment only using our online booking facility. To make an appointment please visit: shorturl.at/fkJ18If you are registered patient, simply fill in your details and sign in. You will then be able to choose your preferred practitioner, time and date. If you are a new patient, please register. Should you simply need some advice over the festive season (dental only plea… READ MORE
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Dec 2020

Emergency Dentist at Christmas

Christmas is fast approaching and the nation prepares for a slight relaxation of the lockdown rules with mixing of up to 3 households from December 23rd to 27th which will be a welcome change albeit with likely stricter rules come January! During Christmas, it is normal for dental practices to close and take a well earned rest during the festive period. We are no exception and our doors will close from 1730 on 22nd December. However, if you have a dental emergency and would like to speak with a dentist, Dr … READ MORE
Jun 2020

We have opened our dental practice in Fulham!

We are delighted to say that from the 8th June we have opened our dental practice after a huge amount of work behind the scenes to keep our staff and patients safe. We have made a major investment in our business including: Newly painted exterior and signage. No more black!New flooring internally with a lovely white oak effect vinyl which can be steam cleanedPPE for all staff including custom made washable gowns, masks, caps, half face respirator masks by 3M and full face visorsVirus Killer air filtration u… READ MORE
May 2020

When will dentists open for emergency treatment in London?

Article written by Dr Nissit PatelOne of the most pressing issues in dentistry at the moment is when will we be able to re open for emergency dental appointments. It is has been nearly 2 months since we were forced to close our doors. Despite what the Government may say, on the 25th March the Chief Dental Officer stated: All routine, non-urgent dental care including orthodontics should be stopped anddeferred until advised otherwise.All practices should establish (independently or by collaboration with other… READ MORE


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