Hitchin Dental Practice December Newsletter

21 December 2017

As a patient at “The Hitchin Dental Practice”, you already know that we do things differently. Our aim is to provide you, and all our patients, with outstanding professional care, so we are continuously growing and changing to ensure you receive the best possible service. To that end, we have some important changes to share with you.

Staffing changes

After having cared for patients at the practice for 25 years, first in Stopsley and then in Hitchin, Dr Rajan Bhatiani has decided to retire from clinical dentistry and will instead take on a managerial role in the practice to help guide the business through what we hope will be an exciting period of growth and improvement.

Over the past 25 years, we have built a team of highly qualified dental professionals so that we are able to offer a complete range of treatments at the practice by dental surgeons who are specialists in their fields.

We are soon to be joined by a Specialist Oral Surgeon who holds a locum consultant post at Peterborough Hospital. He has a special interest in the diagnosis and treatment of mouth cancer, as well as oral surgery procedures that may otherwise require treatment in hospital. He will also be able to offer facial aesthetic treatments such as dermal fillers. This will be a great addition to the wrinkle-reducing procedures currently offered by Dr Harmeet Grewal.

Mr Bharath Puttur

Facial Aesthetics & Oral Surgery

An inherent need to achieve the best for my patients has driven me in my quest to achieve invaluable experience in head and neck surgery with a special interest in facial aesthetics. I completed my BDS in 2004 from India, following which I moved to London to study PGDDS with a focus on Oral and Maxillofacial surgery and Oral Medicine, graduating in 2007. I was elected to the Membership of Faculty of Dental Surgery at RCS Edinburgh in 2012.

I have trained extensively in craniofacial distraction, trauma management, orthognathic surgery and head and neck skin surgery at various units including St Johhanspital, Salzburg, hospitals at Coventry, Peterborough and Southampton. More recently, I joined Peterborough in April 2014 where I now work as a Locum Consultant in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. Non-surgical Facial aesthetics is current, pertinent and here to stay. It gives me immense pleasure to realise my patients’ expectations to the best of my ability and I am constantly striving towards this goal. I continue to train in new methods and materials used in wrinkle treatment and facial contouring from various international trainers on a regular basis.

Meet our team on our website

New dental plan

We are delighted to announce that, starting in the New Year, we will be switching preferred dental plan providers from Denplan to Practice Plan. If you’re currently a member of Denplan, you won’t be required to switch immediately, but we would encourage you to do so, as Practice Plan offers additional insurance benefits:

• Insurance cover for trauma to implants
• Trauma cover should you damage your teeth due to an accident
• Emergency cover if you need to see a dentist worldwide
• Emergency cover during surgery hours if you are 15 miles or more away from the practice
• Emergency callout cover (after hours, weekends and bank holidays)
• Payment on diagnosis of oral cancer
• Redundancy protection for your monthly payments (up to £15 per month) for up to 12 months (compulsory redundancy to the plan holder only)
• There will be no joining fee with our new provider

Please call us on 01462 451300 to learn more about the benefits of switching to Practice Plan today.

Recommend a friend

We hope you’re happy with the treatment we provide at Hitchin Dental Care. If so, then why not share the love? As an existing patient, if you recommend a friend who then joins the practice, we will treat you to a FREE hygienist appointment.

As an added incentive, your friend can benefit from our special rate of £80 for an initial consultation. This includes:

• A full dental assessment
• Two small intra-oral x-rays
• Intra-oral and extra-oral pictures to highlight any problem areas
• A fully personalised treatment plan.

Please note, if further assessment is required by the endodontist, periodontist or onward referral to our orthodontist, then an additional fee will be payable. A personalised treatment plan will be produced by each specialist.

Ask your friend to call us on 01462 451300 and to quote your name, so you can claim your FREE hygienist visit!

Banish the wrinkles

We all start life with baby-smooth skin but, over time, gravity, age, smoking and sun exposure all conspire to cause wrinkles. Dr Grewal is pleased to offer wrinkle-reducing injections as a safe and virtually pain-free non-surgical wrinkle reduction technique. Treatment times are on average 10-20 minutes, and prices are dramatically lower than that of the equivalent surgery.

With wrinkle reducing injections, muscle tissue is reversibly relaxed, resulting in fewer visible wrinkles. The results from this pain-free technique can be seen from 7-14 days after the treatment and can last for many months. Dr Grewal has extensive experience in facial rejuvenation, having successfully completed many treatments, and has developed a sharp eye and technique that yields natural-looking results.

Call us today on 01462 451300 for more details and to book a consultation.

Same-day crowns with CEREC®

As a forward-thinking practice, we have made a strategic investment in a state-of-the-art in-house 3D digital ceramic ‘studio’. CEREC 3D uses high-quality ceramic materials and Computer Aided Design technology (CAD- CAM) to craft your ceramic crown in a single day.

This ground-breaking process ensures no second appointment is necessary, allowing you to go on your way with a fully-restored, natural-looking smile. Best of all, CEREC takes a high-resolution digital scan of your mouth, meaning you won’t need to have a messy impression.

Interested in learning more? Call us on 01462 451300.

Christmas opening hours

Please note that, to help accommodate you, we will be OPEN for three days between Boxing Day and New Year, as follows:

Friday 22 December 0800 – 1300
23 – 26 December CLOSED
27 December 0900 – 1600
28 December 0900 – 1600
29 December 0900 – 1300
30 and 31 December CLOSED
1 January CLOSED
2 January 0900 – 1745

For help outside these hours, please call the practice for information on how to access advice and treatment in case of a dental emergency.

If we don’t see you between now and then, we hope you and your family will enjoy the festivities of the Christmas season!

With our very best wishes for a Happy Christmas and New Year,

The team at The Hitchin Dental Practice


Rajan Bhatiani (GDC No. 64479) – Partner and Business Manager

Harmeet Grewal (GDC No. 179295) – Associate Dentist

Kev Chavda (GDC No. 265188) – Associate Dentist

Dhru Shah (GDC No. 82380) – Specialist Periodontist

Kruti Desai (GDC No. 211359) – Specialist Periodontist

Alex Falanga (GDC No. 82888) – Specialist Endodontist

Eileen Vallely (GDC No. 4400) – Hygienist

Sarah Pearce (GDC No. 153507) – Hygienist

Chandani Patel (GDC No. 260535) – Hygienist

Hannah Bartlett (GDC: 262343) ­– Dental Nurse

Charlotte Bentley (GDC No. 257206) – Dental Nurse

Lisa Jones (GDC No. 112649) – Dental Nurse

Gabriel ­– Dental Nurse (awaiting details)

Cristina ­– Dental Nurse (awaiting details)

Amy Watts – Reception


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