I would like to take this opportunity to introduce both myself and the rest of our team.
My name is Kelly Nettleton and I am a dual site practice manager for both the Tickhill and Conisbrough practices. I have worked in the Conisbrough practice for about 20 years.
Our support staff include Sally Kirk, Natalie Gibbins and Jessica Leese:
Jessica Leese has just completed her apprenticeship with us and is now a fully qualified dental nurse (congratulations to Jess from the whole team!!).
Natalie Gibbins is the senior nurse at this practice, who will shortly be leaving us for a while to have a baby and enjoy her maternity leave!
Sally Kirk is an extremely experienced dental nurse who has been with us for many years, she is also our infection control lead.
The dental hygienist is a highly trained and highly skilled clinician and a senior member of the dental practice team.
The dental hygienist’s job is to support the patient in understanding their treatment, to offer patients oral hygiene advice and suggest an oral health care routine, to carry out preventive cleaning procedures, and to relieve the dentist of some of the more mundane ancillary treatments and pre-treatment processes.
Many hygienists regard the preventive aspect of their role as of the primary importance – while the dentist is concerned to treat problem tooth and gum conditions once they have arisen, regular appointments with a good hygienist can often prevent such problems occurring.
It is a fact of life that most dentists are under constant time pressure, and there is often little leeway in a treatment appointment for dentists to spend as much time with each patient as they would wish, and so their explanations are necessarily brief and sometimes misunderstood. This is perhaps especially true of NHS practices, which since the latest changes to the structure of NHS dentistry are now under contract, and answerable to, their local Primary Care Trust. Part of the role of the dental hygienist is to spend more time with the patient to offer a fuller explanation, as well as post treatment professionally cleaning, de-scaling and polishing teeth to improve their appearance.
Dental hygienists are also qualified to replace a temporary crown in an emergency, and in many practices are delegated to take the impressions, or moulds, which are used to make accurate dentures or crowns. With more time at their disposal, many patients appreciate the more relaxed atmosphere of a hygienist appointment to discuss and learn more about the best ways to care for their teeth. Hygienists are able to suggest daily home care regimes which take advantage of the latest oral care products and suit individual life styles.
Skilled and experienced hygienists are proud of the immense contribution they make to their patients’ oral health by minimising the incidence of potentially painful teeth and gum problems.
At Genix Healthcare Tickhill, we are currently accepting new patients onto our Gencare scheme, to see either Robert Middleton (works Monday to Thursday) or Aditya Singh (works on Wednesdays). We are also happy to offer the services of our Hygienist Dena Andrews who works at the practice on a Friday.
We offer a wide range of affordable private services including mini smile makeovers, implants, white fillings, crowns and bridges, tooth whitening and also dentures.
A dental implant is a small metal rod or screw, which is secured through the overlying soft tissue into the bone beneath to become the root or support an in situ artificial tooth or teeth, or to stabilise loose removable dentures.
While dentists tend to refer to only the invisible ‘root’ element within the bone as an implant, many patients use the term to describe the complete installation of a fixed false tooth.
There are several different types of implant, and they can be used to replace a single lost tooth, several teeth or even a full set of teeth if necessary. Sometimes a number of teeth can be fixed to and between implants, so, for example, a full set of upper teeth would not need a separate implant for each tooth. Once they have become established implants are strong and durable, and they are becoming an increasingly popular long term solution for many patients who have lost one or more teeth. Generally speaking, implanted false teeth look like and work as efficiently as natural teeth.
The implant itself is usually made of titanium, and once inserted the metal rod gradually fuses with the jawbone during the healing process. When the dentist is satisfied the implant is strong enough, the new tooth, or teeth, are attached. Great care is taken to ensure the teeth look natural and match the exact colouring of any existing natural teeth. Making sure that implants, dentures or cosmetic procedures like whitening look ‘right’ is called ‘aesthetic’ dentistry.
Patient’s who find their dentures do not fit securely, causing embarrassment or making chewing some foods difficult, are likely to benefit from implants to hold them more tightly in place. Implants can also strengthen a weak jawbone following a traumatic extraction.
Not all dentists are trained in implantology, so if you think implants might help you, or you would like to know more, visit your practice for professional advice on which type of implant(s) would be right for you.
We are open Monday to Friday, with extended opening hours on a Monday until 6:00 pm.
We hope this gives you a bit of an insight into our practice. We look forward to seeing you next time you visit Genix.
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