Practice News

our service

March 2020

I am delighted to announce that our extended contact activity has just been confirmed. Should you wish to make an appointment for yourself or someone else, kindly get in touch with us at your convenience. -Conrad Costa

 

GDPR

May 2018

We have updated our privacy policy in accordance with GDPR legislation. Our website does not track you, nor do we collect any information about you whilst you browse our website. We do not covertly make you mine Bitcoin on our behalf nor do we drop any cookies or sell you adverts. We value our own privacy very much and therefore have a lot of respect for your online privacy.

Patient satisfaction Survey

August 2016

Our patient satisfaction survey, which had been ongoing since April, is now closed. We would like to thank all those who participated. We would nonetheless welcome your feedback (whether written, verbal or by email) at any time. Our Friends and Family Test remains ongoing.

New Practice manager

January 2016

We would like to extend a warm welcome to Ms Angelique van Woerkom, who joins us at Castle and Costa as our new Practice Manager. Angelique has many years of experience as a Dental Care Professional and had worked for us frequently as a locum. She is familiar with our working system and is very eager to learn and help us improve our service.

New Associate Dental Surgeon

August 2015

We are pleased to welcome Dr Gavin Gill to our practice as our new associate dental surgeon, following the retirement of Dr Gillian Fellows. Dr Gill has many years of experience in general practice and in teaching hopsitals and will prove to be an asset to our team.

CQC inspection and report

June 2015

We are delighted to announce that Castle and Costa Dental Surgeons have passed their CQC inspection. Following a visit by two inspectors, we were given a clean bill of health - as well as a few suggestions - which we have taken on board. For more information, visit our Resources page.

Dementia Awareness training

November 2014

We extend our congratulations to our dental care professionals and dentists after they were awarded an NVQ level II in dementia awareness training. This will enable us to engage with our patient base better and to improve our understanding of their condition.

Conrad and audrey Costa

March 2013

We are pleased to announce that following the sad demise of Mr Castle, Conrad and Audrey Costa have recently taken over the running of the practice and will strive to maintain and improve the good standard of care that Castle and Costa have been delivering to the non-ambulatory for the past years.

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Fissure Sealants

Molars have fissured (grooved) surfaces which facilitate the build-up of harmful plaque and make it harder for patients to keep clean.

Fissure-sealants are materials that can be used to fill-up the naturally-occuring fissures and help prevent the onset of decay. In some cases, if decay has already set in but is in its very early stages, the provision of sealants may even help prevent the progression of decay.

Sealants may be indicated when the patient or his/her siblings have a higher risk of developing decay, or when the fissures on the teeth are particulary difficult to keep clean due to general or other local factors.

Procedure: Having fissure-sealants placed is a relatively easy and totally painless procedure. No anaesthesia is involved, as the procedure is non-invasive and does not involve drilling. In some cases, teeth may however need to be brushed clean.

When resin sealants are used, an acid gel is painted on the tooth for a few seconds. The gel is then washed away, the teeth are kept dry and the sealants are painted on. A light is used to make the sealant set.

Another form of sealant does not require the prior treatment of the tooth surface with an acid gel but only thorough washing and drying prior to the placement of the sealant which is subsequently made to set, usually by using a light.

Sealants must be inspected regularly for any missing bits which can be repaired in the same way as they are originally placed.

 

Step 1: The tooth is etched with an acid gel

 

Fissure Sealing, Step2

Step 2: The tooth is washed asnd dried. A fissure-sealant is painted onto the tooth

 

Fissure-sealing step 3

Step 3: The fissure-sealant is light-cured