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Frequently Asked Questions

FAQs
Frequently Asked Questions

If you have any questions, would like to enquire about something or just need a litte more information on one of our treatments then please contact us now. Additionally, here are some frequently asked questions:

Why do I need a check up?

Experience has shown that dental disease is often unknown to the patient until pain occurs or a part of the tooth breaks. Regular examinations allow us to detect problems earlier so that they are repaired at an earlier stage thus meaning less invasive treatment. It also allows to you ask us about any cosmetic issues that you may have with your teeth.

What does our Hygiene clean involve?

Hygiene cleans at Egham Dental Care are done with an ultrasonic scaler. This is a very efficient method of removing tartar and staining without the scraping. It is also far faster than the older techniques. Stains are gently polished away to reveal the natural colour of your teeth. A portion of the appointment is used to educate you on the latest techniques for daily flossing and brushing so that you are able to remove the harmful plaque at home between the 6 monthly hygiene appointments.

What types of tooth whitening are there?

We currently offer home whitening with 6% hydrogen peroxide gel to be used over 6 days. This has the advantage that individual teeth can be whitened by different amounts and also that the teeth can be whitened by an amount decided by the patient. (see the home tooth whitening page for more details)

In October 2012 the E.U. tightened the regulations regarding tooth whitening. This means that only qualified dentists are able to offer the peroxide based whitening. Any non-dentist offering peroxide based tooth whitening is thus now in breach of the current E.U. regulations.

Furthermore the new regulations say that the maximum amount of peroxide is the equivalent of 6% hydrogen peroxide (same as 19% carbamide peroxide).

The very successful Zoom laser whitening now uses 6% Hydrogen Peroxide with a Photo initiator to accelerate the process. This process is fast, efficient and fully compliant with the new E.U. regulations. More details About Zoom in Surgery Whitening can be found here.

What methods of payment do you accept?

We accept all major credit cards including Amex and we even accept cash!

We also offer 0% finance (subject to a satisfactory credit check).

How many dentists do you have at your practice?

Dr. Patel is the owner and principal dentist at Egham Dental Care.

Rupi Reel is a GDC registered root canal specialist

Fatima Alm is able to offer a variety of minor oral surgery including surgical wisdom teeth removal and apicectomies. She also works at Northwick Park Hospital as a Staff Grade Oral Surgeon.

Puneet Patel is a GDC registered specialist periodontist and is able to treat advanced and severe periodontal gum issues.

What are your opening hours?

We are open from 08.30 am to 6pm weekdays and 09.00 am to 1pm on Saturdays. We are closed on Sundays. We are closed on Bank holidays.

Do you accept emergencies?

We will accommodate emergencies during our normal opening hours. Out of these hours, Dr. Patel is able to come to the practice between the hours of 6pm to 10pm week days (however there is a callout charge of £80 in addition to any treatment that is done)

Do you accept dental insurance?

We accept all major insurance schemes and are more than happy to fill the form out for you. The amount for the treatment is paid by the patient, following which we provide all necessary invoices and receipts for the treatment done. This is sent to the insurance company along with the claim form. The insurance company then reimburses the patient for the treatment according to the terms of their policy.

What is your appointment cancellation policy?

We ask patients to give us at least 24 hours’ notice if cancelling an appointment. This is so that we can offer the appointment slot to someone else. There may be a short notice cancellation charge if less than 24 hours’ notice is given.


Call us now on 01784472444 to request an appointment.