Factors to consider when choosing a dentist

Factors to consider when choosing a dentist

Whether you have just moved into the area or are considering looking for a new dentist to meet your ongoing needs, we have put together a list of some of the key factors to consider when looking for a new dentist in Rayleigh.


When looking for a dentist in Rayleigh, location of the practice can make a big difference to the ease at which you can attend appointments. You should consider the practice location with relation to home and work, whether parking is available on site or whether you will need to walk some distance to the surgery and any other accessibility issues you may have.


Dental offices now offer a wide range of opening hours in order to best cater for their patients’ schedules. Many are now able to offer evening and weekend appointments to make it easier for you to find a suitable time for routine and treatment appointments. Many practices will also be able to offer longer appointments so that the whole family can attend together. The dentist should also have details of an out of hours’ service that you can be sure of getting advice and treatment in a dental emergency.

Infection Control Procedures

All dental practices are now governed by Care Quality Commission in the same way hospitals are and are bound by the rules of the Health Technical Memorandum 01-05. This provides strict rules and guidance on how all instruments are sterilised in between patients and how surgeries are cleaned to ensure that there is no risk of cross contamination. All practices should now have been visited by the Care Quality Commission and you are able to see the outcome of these inspections on the Care Quality Commission website. http://www.cqc.org.uk/content/dentists


When looking for a new dentist it is important to consider the range of services that they are able to offer. Over the past few years there has been a change in the way dentists work with much greater emphasis on preventative and cosmetic dentistry. It is a good idea to see what services the dental practice is able to offer in house, for example root canal treatment, teeth straightening, implants, and where you would be referred should you have any additional treatment needs that the practice cannot meet.

When looking for a dentist in Rayleigh, the fees charged should be the last factor to consider. Although private dental fees may seem expensive, the above factors may well outweigh the cost of dentistry. Many practices are also able to offer dental payment plans to enable you to spread the cost of routine treatment every month and may offer 0% finance for those more extensive treatment plans.

The dentists at The Essex Smile Centre are committed to helping craft the breathtakingly beautiful smile that you desire. Located in the middle of Rayleigh High Street, with convenient parking nearby, The Essex Smile Centre is a modern, comfortable, six surgery clinic that has been run by the same family for over 40 years. Our team have a broad range of skills to care for any oral health issues you may have.

With appointments available most evenings and Saturday mornings we will always endeavour to book appointments at a time to suit you.

The cutting edge dentistry we perform ensures that every visit is pleasant and productive, which is why we have a loyal patients base that have been coming to us for generations. We are able to offer a wide range of dental treatments including cosmetic dentistry, implants, teeth straightening and teeth whitening. Alongside this we are also able to offer facial aesthetic treatments including wrinkle reduction and dermal fillers. We are also able to offer treatment to nervous patients and those with dental phobias using the emotional freedom technique.

The Essex Smile Centre is a private practice and our current list of fees can be found on our website. We are also able to offer Denplan payment plans to help you spread the cost of your routine dentistry.

So what are you waiting for? The team at The Smile Centre are ready and waiting to help craft the breathtakingly beautiful smile that you desire! Do not hesitate to call the surgery on 01268 742 333 to book your initial consultation today.