Your Journey

If your dentist has referred you to Central England Specialist Referral Centre you can rest assured that you are visiting one of the most experienced advanced dental centres in the UK. Once we receive the referral from your dentist one of our team will contact you to arrange an appointment to begin your journey. Patients who are referred to the Centre are often nervous and have many unanswered questions. We are committed to outstanding customer service and keep a clear line of communication between you, your dentist and our team allowing you to make well-informed decisions about your dental care. We will keep your dentist updated throughout the treatment and always be on hand for any questions you have or information you need.

If you have any questions about becoming a patient of Central England Specialist Referral Centre please feel free to contact us.

We are a private referral practice only, which means that you can be referred by your own dentist or by a patient of the centre. If you need assistance with your referral please contact a member of the team who will be happy to help start your journey. Here’s what you can expect.

Expert Consultation

Our team will contact you to arrange a convenient time for you to visit the centre to meet the clinician that will carry out your treatment. You’ll also meet some of the wider team at the centre and will be given all the information about the journey ahead. Ask those burning questions! Our experienced team have taken care of many patient’s advanced treatments over the years and will be happy to put your mind at rest and take you through the journey.

Oral Health Assessment

At your initial consultation, we’ll carry out an assessment on your oral health. Your dentist will have provided a thorough background to your case and this stage helps us create the treatment plan.

At CESRC we pride ourselves on providing pioneering advanced treatments to our patients using the most advanced equipment and materials whilst applying evidence-based healthcare decisions to our treatment planning. Treating patients as a whole rather than simply the mouth. Healthcare screening and nutritional modulation optimises your treatment outcomes.

Healthcare Screening

All new patients to the centre will have their blood pressure checked and a HbA1c blood glucose test before starting treatment. This may happen at your second appointment, but these tests are included in your consultation fee (known diabetic patients will not be tested).

Blood Pressure

There is clinical evidence to support a link between periodontitis (gum disease) and systemic diseases. In patients with periodontitis plaque bacteria can enter the blood vessels inducing an inflammatory response throughout the body and activate a host immune response leading to the release of inflammatory markers. Early detection of high blood pressure through screening in dental practice can increase awareness for those at risk and result in preventative action through lifestyle adjustments and early management through referral to your general medical practitioner. We check your blood pressure with an automatic device just like your GP or pharmacy would do.  If your reading is high we will recommend you follow up and get your blood pressure checked either at the pharmacy, at home with a monitoring device or by visiting your GP.

Blood Glucose Screening

Diabetes impacts more than 415 million people worldwide. Diabetes is now a global epidemic. In 2017, diabetes caused an estimated 4 million deaths worldwide. There is a two-way relationship between periodontitis and diabetes. People with poorly controlled diabetes (type 1 and 2) suffer from increased periodontal inflammation, destruction and breakdown. This can also affect dental implants due to delayed wound healing. Patients with poorly controlled diabetes seem to have delayed osseointegration (the connection between living bone and dental implants).

The Hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) test measures the amount of blood sugar glucose attached to your hemoglobin. Hemoglobin is the part of your red blood cells that carries oxygen from your lungs to the rest of the body. It measures this over 2-3 months rather than a momentary finger prick test, which gives a snapshot in time. They do not require fasting and are not affected by diet or exercise. Conditions which may affect the test are pregnancy, advanced cancer anaemia, sickle cell trait, liver and pancreatic diseases, and malaria. The result of this test takes only 4 minutes. If your test returns a high HbA1c result, we will recommend you visit your GP for advice and possible further testing. Screening can enable early diagnosis and intervention and improve treatment outcomes in periodontal treatment, implant treatment and glycemic control.

Nutritional Modulation

Nutritional modulation enhances your healing, repair, and regeneration through supplementing your diet. All new patients will be offered testing for their omega 3:6 balance and vitamin D testing. These tests have an additional fee on top of the consultation and will be discussed with you if we feel they would be of benefit to your treatment. Diet can affect the healing following surgery and periodontal treatment. Healing, repair, and regeneration all rely on good cell health. Molecular and cellular mechanisms are involved in bone regeneration in periodontal treatment, surgery and in the placing and integration of dental implants. Recent studies suggest that a wide variety of dietary components, including macronutrients and micronutrients, are integral for optimal periodontal health and have the potential to accelerate oral wound healing.  Nutritional modulation may help reduce inflammation (e.g., antioxidants) or avoid nutritional deficiencies associated with periodontitis (e.g., vitamins C and D, magnesium, omega 3). With implant treatment studies have found a significant association between increased vitamin D levels and the number of bone cells present therefore healing may be more pronounced when serum vitamin D levels are optimal.

Journey Mapping

As with any journey, we need to look at where we’re going and the best way to get there. We’ll discuss the options and our proposed treatment plan giving you the opportunity to ask any questions and taking you through all associated costs.

Treatment Plan

Once we’ve selected the desired treatment we will give you a treatment plan and make arrangements for your treatment visit.

Treatment

As we provide advanced dental treatments you may have more than one visit to the centre. Our experienced dental team will take you through each stage and be on hand for any questions you have.

Check-ups & Maintenance

After the treatment is complete, you’ll return to your own dentist. However, depending on the advanced nature of the treatment we may advise check-ups at the centre as we take you through the final stages of your journey

The team at Central England Specialist Referral Centre have been treating advanced dental treatments for other UK dentists for over 20 years now. Our experienced team are committed to providing the highest levels of care. If you have any questions about your journey or what happens now that your dentist has referred you to the centre, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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