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Please see below for our OPENING HOURS over the Holiday Period

Open as Usual until Friday 22/12/2023

Saturday 23/12 Closed

Mon 25/12 Closed

Tues 26/12 Closed

Wed 27/12 9:00 – 13:00

Thurs 28/12 9:00 – 17:00

Fri 29/12 9:00 – 17:00

Mon 01/01 Closed

Tue 02/01 10:00 -17:00

Open as Usual from Wednesday 03/10

A Joyful Christmas Holiday Period from the team at Balham Dental Studio

9 Sleeps till Christmas, Visiting the Dentist for Treatments 

At your routine check up your dentist can check the health of your teeth and gums, if the all okay is given you may seek to book your next visit 6 months to a year after of book a hygiene appointment between these times, if treatment is advised it may be to prevent further deterioration, as well as fillings for decay please see below a list of treatments and their uses:

Root canals are a common procedure to treat severe tooth decay or infection that affects the dental pulp. Early intervention can prevent tooth loss and maintain your oral health.

Dental crowns are restorations that cover a damaged or decayed tooth, providing a natural-looking appearance and restoring the tooth’s function.

Dental implants are a permanent replacement for missing teeth that restore chewing function, improve aesthetics, and boost confidence.

Ideally keeping your routine check ups and preventing any issues from arising or further deteriorating is key, and your routine check up is for very purpose, however we all experience issues throughout the year and would need to see our dentist for a dental emergency, an appointment to deal with such an issue when it may arise.

If you experience a dental emergency, such as a broken tooth or severe pain, seek immediate attention by calling us on 0208 675 7210, emailing us on [email protected] or booking online by clicking HERE

Please see below for our OPENING HOURS over the Holiday Period

Open as Usual until Friday 22/12/2023

Saturday 23/12 Closed

Mon 25/12 Closed

Tues 26/12 Closed

Wed 27/12 9:00 – 13:00

Thurs 28/12 9:00 – 17:00

Fri 29/12 9:00 – 17:00

Mon 01/01 Closed

Tue 02/01 10:00 -17:00

Open as Usual from Wednesday 03/10

Intraoral scanning is a digital dental impression technology that uses a handheld scanner to capture 3D images of your teeth and gums. The scanner uses a light source to project a pattern onto the teeth and gums, and then captures images of the pattern from multiple angles. The images are then processed by software to create a digital 3D model of your mouth.

Intraoral scanning has several advantages over traditional analog impressions, including:

  • Accuracy: Intraoral scanners can create more accurate and precise impressions than traditional analog impressions. This is because digital impressions are not affected by factors such as distortion, shrinkage, or tearing.
  • Comfort: Intraoral scanning is a more comfortable and gag-free experience for patients than traditional analog impressions. The scanner is small and lightweight, and it can be easily maneuvered in the patient’s mouth.
  • Speed: Intraoral scanning is a faster process than traditional analog impressions. A full arch scan can be completed in just a few minutes.
  • Convenience: Intraoral scans can be easily shared with dental labs and other dentists electronically, which can help to reduce turnaround times for dental restorations.

Intraoral scanning can be used for a variety of dental procedures, including:

  • Restorations: Intraoral scans can be used to create digital impressions for crowns, bridges, veneers, and other dental restorations.
  • Status Scan: To measure a visual representation to display to the patient, for example levels of plaque or other specific meaurements
  • Orthodontics: Intraoral scans can be used to create digital impressions for Invisalign clear aligners and other orthodontic appliances.
  • Diagnostics: Intraoral scans can be used to create digital models of the teeth and gums that can be used for diagnostic purposes, such as planning for dental surgery or implant placement.

Intraoral scanning is a relatively new technology, but it is quickly becoming the standard of care for dental impressions. If you are looking for a more accurate, comfortable, and convenient way to get dental impressions, ask your dentist about intraoral scanning.

Below is a full list of implementations we have in place, and upon notification from our immunosuppressed patients we would follow these implementations to the strictest protocol, use of PAPR hoods and book at the beginning of the sessions when no other patients would be present in our waiting area prior to your appointment. Please do discuss any needs with our friendly Reception Team.

Immunosuppression means you have a weakened immune system due to a particular health condition or because you are on medication or treatment that suppresses your immune system.

COVID-Safe Dental Practice Environment: Negative Air Pressure, PAPR Hoods, FFP3 Masks, and High-Level Disinfection

The COVID-19 pandemic has transformed the dental industry, with practices implementing a number of measures to create a safe environment for patients and staff. Some of the key elements we have implemented to exceed the level required during the height of the pandemic include negative air pressure, PAPR hoods and FFP3 masks, and high-level disinfection of instruments and cleaning between patients.

Negative Air Pressure

Although this was not a requirement, and practices were informed to leave fallow time (a time where a room was not in use) and a mist of discinfectant to spray within the room between patients, we had gone one step further to ensure the highest level of safety, and had renovated and installed a Negative air pressure system. Negative air pressure is a ventilation system that creates a pressure differential between the dental surgery room and the surrounding area. This helps to prevent the spread of airborne contaminants, including the COVID-19 virus. Negative air pressure systems are typically used in hospital operating theatres, and we have used to ensure a high turnover of air within the room that is always on and benefits most between patients and when performing aerosol-generating procedures, such as drilling and filling teeth.

PAPR Hoods and FFP3 Masks

PAPR hoods and FFP3 masks are two types of personal protective equipment (PPE) that can be used to protect dental staff from the COVID-19 virus. PAPR hoods are powered air-purifying respirators that provide a constant supply of filtered air to the wearer. FFP3 masks are filtering masks that protect the wearer from inhaling airborne particles.

High-Level Disinfection of Instruments and Cleaning Between Patients

Dental practices have always followed strict infection control procedures, but these procedures have been further enhanced in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. All dental instruments are subjected to high-level disinfection after each use. This involves cleaning the instruments and then sterilizing them in an autoclave. Dental surgery rooms are also thoroughly cleaned and disinfected between patients.

In addition to the above measures, COVID-safe dental practices may also implement the following:

  • Patient screening: Patients are screened for COVID-19 symptoms before entering the dental practice, and are sent a collection of forms to fill in prior to their appointment.
  • Social distancing: We may close the waiting area, or book at the beginning of the clinical day at a time when other patients are not present.

By implementing these measures, dental practices can create a safe environment for patients and staff.

Here are some additional tips for staying safe at your next dental appointment:

  • Wear a mask: Continue to wear a mask in the dental practice, even if it is not required by the practice.
  • Ask questions: Feel free to ask your dentist or dental hygienist about their COVID safety protocols or reception prior to your appointment.
  • Reschedule your appointment if you are sick: If you are experiencing any cold or flu symptoms, reschedule your dental appointment for a later date.

Open late evenings – Appointments now available

By Popular demand Balham Dental Studio is now open on Monday and Wednesday evenings until 7pm.

We are not all fortunate enough to fit our errands in and schedule appointments in the working week whilst “Working from Home” or as work demands increase may not be able to take time off.

We have listened to requests and as well as Saturday Mornings we are NOW OPEN EVENINGS, on Monday and Wednesday unil 7pm, call us or book online