At St Stephens Dental Surgery the team consists of 3 dentists,myself the owner Martin Southon and associates Karen Leadbetter and Tom Buckland, as well as 6 nurses and receptionists including Dawn and Nicola, the senior nurses. I have been working at St Stephens since I qualified in 1987 and Karen has been here a year longer. Tom and his family have been in Canterbury for 12 years and he is going to settle here now. Not to mention that Nicola has been working for me for 21 years and Dawn since 1997.
So what does this mean to you as patients?…Continuity of care!
Patients will see the same dentist and nurse for successive checkups and treatment. Karen and I have been seeing some patients for over 20 years, plus this usually means less treatment.
Generally if you see a new dentist they have to make a snap shot decision on what they see right then. Some dental conditions, especially beginning decay can be monitored as there is a good chance the condition is static. This is especially true if the same dentist is monitoring them year on year.If you see someone different each exam rather than monitoring there is a good chance these conditions will be treated, and maybe unnecessarily.
This lack of continuity of care is especially likely at corporate dental companies which are taking over many local dental surgeries. The companies owning these practices move the dentists around so you end up seeing someone different each visit.
So for continuity of care and less treatment come and see my team at Stephens Dental Practice where we will give you the confidence to smile.