Before Treatment Begins

Before Treatment Begins


As you consider having extensive dental treatment, it may be beneficial for you to review the following points:

Time Commitment

Because of the nature of dental appointments, it may be necessary for you to take some time off work. A few longer appointments are generally more efficient and less inconvenient than many short appointments. This will minimize your time in the practice.

Usually, the best time to have a long appointment is in the morning. Once the treatment has begun, it needs to be completed in a timely fashion. If treatment is delayed or missed, it could change the proposed treatment plan. This could adversely affect the total cost to your schedule. Here at Dental@155 we always issue you with a treatment and payment schedule outlining the length of appointments and timespan between each visit. We feel that this aids people to plan their treatment to suit their other commitments.

Dentistry is both an art and a science

In complicated and technically difficult cases, and because of our high standards, it may prove necessary to redo a portion or go back and retake impressions or remake crowns, etc. We will always keep you informed of changes and re-issue that appointment schedule for any major alterations to the original plan.

Make certain you are aware of what treatment is required and the goals of treatment

If you do not understand why we have made a recommendation or treatment sequence, or the length of treatment required, please ask us for clarification before treatment begins. It is an unfortunate possibility that previously undetected dental problems will be discovered once tooth preparation has begun. When this occurs after the treatment plan has been developed, you will be immediately informed.

You should be comfortable with all financial arrangements before any treatment is begun

Establish your dental budget. This will determine how much and how quickly treatment can proceed. Understand that you are ultimately responsible for the total cost of treatment. If you would like to have more treatment than you can easily afford at one time, the dental procedures can be done in phases over months or years. Payment is expected as work is completed. See also our Medenta Finance option.

Thorough oral self-care is very important, both at the beginning of treatment and afterward

The better your oral health is, the easier the restoration process will be. You may be asked to see the hygienist to ensure good oral hygiene before we begin treatment, and again afterwards to ensure that you can maintain that extensive work.

While dental restorations function well for years of service, nothing lasts forever

Not us, not dental restorations. We use the best available dental materials and techniques, but the reality is that some restorations simply last longer than others. With today’s longer life span, the restoration might even wear out! The better you maintain your dental restorations, the longer they will last. Just as with anything else, proper maintenance is required.

Before beginning treatment, understand clearly what will be required of you for daily oral self-care, your regular dental hygiene recall appointments, and the limitations of the restorations you will receive. This means that you must brush and floss your teeth as instructed every day. When extensive dentistry is completed, a 3- to 6-month interval for dental hygiene recall appointments is strongly advised.

Dental restorations are subject to the same physical abuse as natural teeth

Whatever oral habits will break a natural, undrilled, undamaged tooth such as chewing ice, biting fingernails, hard objects etc. will probably be able to break a restoration as well. Expansion and contraction for hot liquids and cold foods can cause damage, as can the wet, dark, bacteria-filled oral environment of the oral cavity.


If you have ever considered whitening your teeth, the time to do it is before dental restorations are placed in teeth that are visible when you talk or smile. If you are interested in tooth whitening, or a shade change ask us now!

Contact us now Dental@155 or call 01332 209647.