Corona Virus Update
At present, the government will only allow us to treat emergency patients such as uncontrolled swelling, pain and bleeding. The Totally Smiles group, which purchased 60% of the practice in 2018, has stood down all staff (from 26/3/20), except for some allowances for emergencies.
The aim of these restrictions is to minimise the chance of catching and spreading the virus and to slow down its spread enough to allow more time for our hospitals to cope and more time to potentially develop a vaccine.
Deb and I holidayed in Borneo and got home on Friday 20th March and are now in 2 weeks of "Self-Isolation", so will be unable to even go to the surgery until Monday 6th April.
KC will be available, as will some of our fabulous staff, at certain times in the mean time. NDC (Peter Butcher's old surgery in Sweaney St) will be open, as will Dave Xavier's practice all with limited opening hours.
Orthodontic patient instructions
To reduce the risk of sore spots / ulcers developing in what may be an extended period, we advise that any fixed or removable appliances should NOT be turned, but continue to wear full time (unless we were already at night-time only wear).
If for example an upper palatal expander is loose, try to turn it backwards to see if the fit improves (sometimes quite a long way), if it is still loose it will be OK to remove it when eating, and then replace it after thorough cleaning.
If something is sharp and causing pain please let us know on 6721 0254. It may be something that you can snip off yourself e.g trimming a loose wire with nail clippers, or it may be something that you will need to come in for us to adjust.
This interruption is likely to extend the length of overall active treatment time, but in some cases it will not change.
Remember to keep doing your lip and tongue exercises which is essential for a permanent orthodontic correction and above all BREATHE THROUGH YOUR NOSE with your tongue up !
N. B. -- Good cleaning is always important, but it is particularly important if we cannot check on your mouth for an extended period. Decayed teeth, sore and swollen gums, bad breath, gum and tooth infections are all possible with poor and lazy oral hygiene.
We don’t know when we can resume normal services, but it almost certainly will NOT be before the end of April and possibly much longer. If we make more appointments they may need to be changed later.
As the surgery will basically only be treating emergency cases, we must minimize our opening hours. Please let us know by phone on 02 67 210254 if you have any enquiries or problems, and we will try to arrange something for you.
At this stage, we are asking patients to wait in their cars, and we will come and get you to stop too many people being in the waiting room at one time. Please where possible, do not bring extra people with you to the appointment.
Watkins Dental Surgery
The practice is a family oriented general dental practice covering most aspects of dentistry and referring to specialists where appropriate. The practice is devoted to both general dentistry and orthodontics. Whilst he is not a specialist orthodontist, Stuart is an advanced practitioner in orthodontics and dento-facial orthopaedics.
Our orthodontic philosophy for children is to correct bad habits early and reduce or eliminate more extensive treatments later. Where possible we try to see the face and mouth develop to its full genetic potential, which not only looks better, but is far healthier and usually eliminates the need for extractions. In treating adults, apart from improving smiles, we are often able to reduce headaches and improve the airway which in turn improves health, sleep and general well-being. We try to address why the teeth and face have become crooked, and what could result in orthodontic relapse.
Stuart grew up and was educated in Sydney – graduating with a Bachelor of Dental Surgery degree from Sydney University in 1984. After a year working in two Sydney practices he and Deb moved to Inverell in 1985 to replace Dr John Northcott upon his retirement. John’s father, Stanley, began the practice in 1902, being joined by his son Hunter and then after World War II by John as well. So the practice has been operating continuously for well over a century.