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What is specialist dentistry?

Any dentist that has undergone formal post-graduate training and has fulfilled set requirements is able to perform and deliver dental care at an advanced level.
We talk about “intelligent dentistry” simply because we come across patients who have been misinformed or make hasty decisions, undergoing extensive or ambitious treatments that are based on poor or no evidence and have subsequently failed, generally ending up in situations that are simply not in their best interest.

Where are we based?

Intelligentsia is a specialist service operating out of a number of practices in and around London. Please see our Contact page for your most convenient location.

How much does specialist treatment cost?

Fees for specialist care are dictated by individual needs. Each plan is tailored to specific requirements of a patient following a consultation. Treatment is always patient driven and never dictated by us. All we can do is advise you as to what would be deemed in your best interests. The choice is then entirely yours.

Can I have routine treatment, such as cleaning or preventative care?

Yes. As prosthodontists, general dentistry is included in our services. Prevention is key to any treatment plan, simple or complex.

What is the difference between a prosthodontist and a cosmetic dentist - where should I go for my cosmetic dental needs?

Prosthodontics is an internationally recognised specialist branch of dentistry, which takes a holistic approach to restoring both hard (teeth) and soft (gum) tissues, forensically incorporating the functionality of one’s bite at the core of any treatment intervention. It requires extensive training and formal examination, whilst cosmetic dentistry does not. As such, cosmetic dentistry is a self-appointed term and is not recognised by governing or regulatory bodies such as the GDC here in the UK, or internationally for instance by the American Dental Association in the US.

How long does specialist treatment take?

It depends on what is required by the patient. Treatment can be completed on the same day, or run into several months. Where complex cases require multi-staged phases of care, a written treatment plan will assist in understanding financial and time commitments.

What information is needed before my first appointment?

We require personal contact details including a phone number, email and address, as well as general medical practitioner contact and an up to date medical history. If you have had any recent dental x-rays or scans elsewhere, these can also be useful. If you have any insurance plans in place do let us know so that we are able to provide you with the necessary paperwork to claim back fees.

Do I need to see a general dentist before seeing a specialist?

Quite often our patients are referred to us by general dentists or other dental colleagues, including hygienists and specialists.However we welcome any patient that feels they may benefit from our bespoke services, or even if those who wish to have a second opinion following an examination elsewhere.

Do I need to have a general dentist?

For patients who have been referred to us, they will return to their referring practice to continue their long term care with their own dental team. Often the complex nature of our services mean that we may recommend a maintenance programme with regular reviews with a general dentist to ensure treatment outcomes are maintained at an optimum level and that good oral hygiene practices are continued in earnest. Self-referring patients are most welcome to continue with us for their own routine dental care.

I would like a brighter smile? Is is safe to whiten teeth or have veneers?

The colour of your teeth is genetically determined, and can be affected by external factors such a smoking habit or the food and drink that is consumed. Furthermore we all experience a subtle darkening over time as teeth age.Whitening and veneer treatments are safe as long as a detailed examination has been carried out including a medical history, and the treatment is carried out by a suitably trained dental professional. Here at Intellidentsia our first priority is protecting patient interests and their oral health.

Should I book a "dental holiday"?

There has been a recent boom in “dental holidays” which is often glamourised by the fast turnaround and the perceived lower financial implications. We always strongly advise anyone considering undergoing such extensive dental treatment not to take this lightly. Your smile and dental health are important to us. When dealing with post-operative complications following dental treatment abroad many patients can often find themselves stuck trying to find a dentist in the UK that is willing to take over treatment. This is down to a host of factors including not having enough information about the materials used or the treatment provided. As such, these patients may face the stress and inconvenience of travelling back to the operating dentist abroad to manage their problems.