Visiting a Clinical Dental Technician (CDT) can be scary especially if it’s your first time. We have a guide to help you to know what to expect so you can be prepared. Find it here.
Before visiting a clinical dental technician, you should do some careful research. First of all check out their reviews, check out if they have any video testimonials and look at the gallery of their work which might include a before and after image gallery. Don’t just believe what they say, listen to what their patients say.
Clinical Dental Technicians are registered with the General Dental Council (GDC). When you have checked out your CDT and decided to make an appointment, it is important to know exactly what you want to achieve and air any of your concerns. It is a good idea for you to write down the points that you want to discuss with your clinician.
When you arrive at the practice you should have a full check up by the CDT. You should not feel rushed and the appointment should last between 15 and 30 minutes. After the inspection you should be sat down, ideally with the treatment coordinator, where all your various options and treatment plans and prices should be discussed. This should not be rushed either and should last around another 30 minutes. So you have plenty of time to discuss all your concerns and questions. If you have more than one existing teeth, you should be referred to a dental surgeon to have your natural teeth checked and a prescription will then be given to you to bring back to the CDT which will give him permission to start work on your partial denture. Please note if you have full dentures a prescription and visit to a dental surgeon is not necessary.
Do your research. Ask the CDT about the teeth he uses, what finishing technique he uses, do they manufacture onsite or send the work to a third party? Do they make Ivobase Dentures, Flexible Valplast dentures, Chrome dentures etc. Be inquisitive!!
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