Dental problems present in a variety of ways and affect different people to a greater or lesser extent. Before any treatment can be considered, it is essential that there is a clear understanding of the problems early on and the possible treatment options are discussed in detail.

bldgThere are simple or complex ways of approaching dental problems and these have varying time and cost implications.

Minimally invasive dentistry

It is a great truth that the best filling material is your own healthy tooth. With the help of our Diagnodent, Clive can measure early areas of decay and then advise you of ways for you to help make this area heal, reducing the chance of invasive dentistry.

If we do need to do a filling, we do everything that we can to preserve as much of your healthy tooth as possible. Clive is one of the few dentists to regularly use an air-abrasion machine to clean away only the infected parts of your tooth. This can normally be done without the need for an injection (he has had the machine used on himself) and no use of the drill.

dcmpMembership Payment Plan

We have created our own membership payment scheme, backed by a respected insurance company, that helps you spread the costs of routine maintenance throughout the year.

One key benefit of our scheme is how the charges are calculated: the better you look after your mouth, the less you will need to pay us.

We are also able to provide treatment under Denplan.

» Find out more about our membership payment plan

Reception Suite

Untitleedford_pics_2_r13_c1This set of rooms is separate from the waiting room thereby aiding privacy during conversations.

Within the main room there is an “old school desk” to help with looking after your child while you are having any dental treatment. There is also a display cabinet of available dental care products which are not generally available in local chemists.

The reception desk was created with different levels so that those who need/wish to sit down while discuss matters with the reception are able to do so.

Beyond the receptionist’s room, there is also a separate room in which private conversations can be held. When the door to the receptionist’s room is shut, no one is allowed to disturb whoever is in there. This has been particularly useful for patients wishing to discuss delicate matters away from the clinical setting of the dentist’s room and away from prying ears.

At the far end of our reception suite there is a discretely screened vanity desk, with a mirror and soft lighting, in which ladies can ensure that their make-up and hair is in order before going back out into the world.

For accompanying people, our reception staff will be happy to provide tea/coffee which will be served in Royal Worcester bone china (Clive Marks went to the cathedral school opposite the factory) unless a mug is requested. Glasses of water/squash are also available.

Untitleedford_pics_2_r1_c10Waiting Room

The normal dental waiting room is decidedly unwelcoming. This is due to a combination of reasons such as the decor and why one is sitting there. The latter reason is unavoidable but we have done our best to alleviate the former by creating a more homely sitting room.

In addition, our magazines are up-to-date and up-market with such publications as Country Life, Time and the publications of the RSPB, RNLI and National Trust.

There are no dental posters on the walls.

The seating is a combination of sofas and tub chairs. There is also a particularly classy hat stand.

Clive Marks will usually greet his patients in the waiting room to take through to his room.

For accompanying people, our reception staff will be happy to provide tea/coffee which will be served in Royal Worcester bone china (Clive Marks went to the cathedral school opposite the factory) unless a mug is requested. Glasses of water/squash are also available.

Tatty, out-of-date, cast off magazines are such a dental waiting room cliché and just will not do in this practice. Our magazines are up-to-date and up-market with Country Life, Time and the publications of the RSPB, RNLI and National Trust being the main ones.

Untitleedford_pics_2_r10_c8Vanity desk

A visit to the dentist/hygienist is not good for the look of make-up. After lying in the chair, the hair on the back of the head can acquire an unflattering ironed look.

At the far end of our reception suite there is a discretely screened vanity desk, with a mirror and soft lighting, in which ladies can ensure that their make-up and hair is in order before going back out into the world.

Local anesthetic

When having work done to their teeth, most people appreciate having the teeth numbed. What is not so nice is the process of numbing, especially that sting when the injection first goes in. To help alleviate this, Clive Marks always applies surface anesthetic to the area to help numb it prior to the injection. The surface anesthetic comes in a variety of flavours such as pina colada, cherry, strawberry and mint.

Disabled Patients

Our practice has undertaken an audit under the Disability Discrimination Act  (DDA). Due to the practice being on the first floor, in a listed building which cannot accommodate a stair lift, we are unable to see people in the practice who are unable to manage the stairs. Every step of our stairs has a contrast strip edging. These are particularly helpful for those of our patients who have poor eyesight.

However, Clive Marks is able to provide a limited range of services by calling at patient’s home. If this service may be of help to you, please do discuss it with either the reception staff or Clive Marks.

Untitleedford_pics_2_r11_c5Looking after your child while you are having dental treatment

While having work done in your mouth, having your children in the same room can add more stress to the situation. There are various ways in which we can help to alleviate this.

The reception room contains an old-style school desk in which there are toys, drawing materials and children’s story books on dental subjects. The room has been designed so that this is in a safe area, under the direct visual supervision of the receptionist. They can happily have a glass of water/squash and have access to the toilet.

Both members of our reception staff have young grandchildren.

brochureNew patients welcome pack

This contains a collection of helpful information for you and questionnaires to help us understand your needs. It will be sent to you when you have booked you first appointment. It also contains a card giving confirmation of your first appointment which doubles as a business card, embossed with the Golden Tooth.