A new, private dental practice has opened its doors in Salisbury.

Bond Dental Clinic opened last November in Castle Street.

Since then, it has been treating patients that have struggled to get an appointment during lockdown as well as those needing more specialist treatment that have been referred by other practices.

Birute Bond, Specialist Prosthodontist and Principal Dentist, works alongside three other registered dental specialists, a general dentist and a dental hygienist.

"We have worked together as a team for a few years," she said.

"We needed a place to keep our team together, continue to see our patients and provide safe dental care."

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Since taking over the premises at 37 Castle Street during the second lockdown, Birute and her team have dealt with everything from simple every day dentistry to complex cases that would normally be referred to hospital.

"We provide treatments on a private basis and much faster than the hospital referral route," she said.

"Dentistry is in crisis and the lockdown has really made that difficult to deny.

"I appreciate that not everybody can afford to go private but I think health is important and people need to know the option exists. 

"The fact that there are people that will choose to go private relieves some of the strain put on NHS resources."

The services offered by the clinic include general dentistry, endodontics, periodontics,  prosthodontics, oral surgery and dental implants.

As the practice was opened in the middle of the pandemic, the premises were designed by Claire Priest of Studio Brassica Architects to ensure safety from infectious disease, including Covid.

The technology adopted includes windows in every surgery, an air purifier unit and a hospital grade ventilation system of 20 air exchanges per hour.

Staff wear FFP3 masks and are tested with lateral flow tests twice a week, she says.

"We're trying to minimise the risk as much as possible while trying to accommodate the dental health needs of our community."

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