The Tooth Company opens the North Shore’s first kids’ dentist
The Tooth Company opens North Shore’s first kids’ dentist
The Tooth Company® has opened the North Shore’s first private paediatric dental practice at Smales Farm. ‘The Tooth Company® Kids’ is a purpose-built clinic now open for business on the ground floor of AIA House.
The Tooth Company® Kids offers a dental experience for children that’s fun and different. The waiting area has a drawing board, iPads and toys to keep kids entertained. The treatment rooms have Playstations and TVs so kids can play while they’re being treated.
There is a lot of interest amongst parents in managing anxiety and giving kids a positive experience, says owner Dr Andrew Campbell. “We make kids comfortable and help out Mum and Dad,” he says.
“A lot of dentists don’t actually enjoy treating kids – they take a lot more time and you need patience. We’ve handpicked a team of top New Zealand dentists who are passionate about caring for children’s teeth. They have a gentle touch and a good sense of fun.”
The purpose built clinic was designed by the award- winning Cheshire Architects. Soft, flowing curves of whitewash plywood and hanging lanterns help kids and their parents to feel relaxed.
The new clinic is the first in the country to offer two different payment models – a traditional ‘casual payment’ option or a ‘membership’ option. The membership option costs $29.50 per month and covers all of a child’s general dental work*.
The Tooth Company’s original clinic next to Shorecare Pharmacy in the Q4 Building continues to thrive and will now treat emergency and general patients.
“Our patients at Smales Farm are a very broad mix of young and old, parents and children, all kinds of occupations. This is a central hub between Takapuna and Auckland city. It’s also a medical services hub with the hospital, Shorecare Accident & Medical, pharmacy and other health services,” Dr Campbell says.
The Tooth Company® Kids’ clinic is also fully equipped to treat adult patients. State-of-the- art equipment includes Planmeca dental chairs from Henry Schein Shalfoon with integrated x-ray machines. A German cad cam design (Cerec) machine takes a continuous video scan of the mouth for designing crowns, inlays, bridges and veneers. It then mills the tooth from a block of ceramic while you wait, taking between five and 20 minutes to custom make a tooth.
*Terms & Conditions apply