R&H Clínica Dental began providing the possibility of guarantees on work as of 1 March 2017. Any work done prior to this date is not under guarantee. Guarantees after this date are only valid with a signed Guarantee Certificate, and the payment of the additional 10% insurance fee. Only patients who purchased this guarantee certificate as a form of insurance are eligible for the benefits of the guarantee. We are one of the only dental clinics confidant enough in the quality of our work that we provide the possibility of a guarantee, but the guarantee is only valid under the strict conditions outlined below, and non-fulfilment of any point immediately nullifies the guarantee. We thank you for your understanding.
General conditions of Guarantee
- The patient attends R&H Clínica Dental every 6 months for a check up.
- The patient receives a professional maintenance cleaning at R&H Clínica Dental every 6 months (or every 3 months if they have had a history of periodontal disease).
- The patient treats any disease or problems encountered during their check up within 30 days of its diagnosis.
- All check ups and cleanings must be performed exclusively at R&H Clínica Dental.
- There is a grace period of up to 30 days for check-ups and cleanings, if a patient attends after this they may do so but any guarantee on past work is void.
- The guarantee is only valid if the entire mouth is restored at R&H Clinica Dentalonce diagnosis of any disease is made. Untreated disease will affect the health of treated areas, thus nullifying the guarantee. All disease must be eliminated within 30 days of its diagnosis for the patient to qualify for the guarantee.
- Any treatments performed against the recommendation of the dentist will not be under the guarantee agreement. For example, a large filling that really needs to be protected with a crown, if it should break will not be covered by the guarantee; a root canal treatment with a poor prognosis that should ideally have been extracted; a filling on a tooth with a potential crack that may need root canal treatment and/or a crown (cracked tooth syndrome) etc...
- If a patient has a grinding habit (bruxism), and has been prescribed a bite splint, this must be worn at least every night when sleeping for the guarantee to remain valid. An examination of this bite splint will be necessary to confirm it has been worn correctly and routinely every night for the guarantee to remain valid. A guarantee is not valid nor issued in patients with an extreme grinding habit with/without an accompanying deep overbite. Patients with large full or partial mouth reconstructions and no grinding habit but who were issued a bite splint must also wear it every night for the guarantee to remain valid.
- If a patient has been diagnosed or there is oral evidence of gastric reflux or bulimia any work cannot be covered under the guarantee.
- Any damage done to the mouth due to an accident or a self-inflicted injury will not be covered under the guarantee.
- The basic standards of oral hygiene must be practiced daily for the guarantee to remain valid. Should there be any doubts as to whether basic oral hygiene has been practiced, an outside third-party dental professional can be requested to determine this.
- The guarantee is in the form of either a free repair or replacement, and is not on a cash-back basis. Under certain conditions (see other side of page), credit may be given to a patient towards the costs of another treatment performed at R&H Clínica Dental. If any other dentist at another dental clinic does any work in your mouth subsequent to work done at R&H Clínica Dental, the guarantee is thus annulled, as all treatment must be carried out at exclusively at R&H Clínica Dental to maintain quality control.
The Guarantee Certificate
The guarantee certificate may be purchased by a patient for a 10% insurance fee above the full cost of the dental treatment, and the physical copy must be kept and presented by the patient when wishing to have any work redeemed under guarantee. Should the certificate ever be lost a new certificate may be purchased again for 30€ and backdated to the original treatment date. The certificate is issued upon completion of all the dental treatment and the dates of the guarantee are valid from the date each treatment was completed.
Treatment specific conditions of the Guarantee
- Fillings: Should any of the filling material chip off during the guarantee period it will be repaired without any additional fee to the patient. Any prolonged sensitivity due to a deep filling is not under guarantee, as this is the natural consequence of leaving decaying lesions to grow big and deep. The dentist will inform the patient if there is a risk of ongoing sensitivity either prior to beginning the filling, or immediately after it is placed (if they discover the decay had burrowed itself deeply). Should the sensitivity or ongoing pain be due to evidence of ‘cracked tooth syndrome’ this is also not covered under the guarantee. If the patient needs a root canal, crown (or other) to alleviate the sensitivity or ongoing pain, this will be charged separately.
- Root Canals: For the guarantee to be valid any teeth that have had root canal treatment and the dentist recommended a crown or onlay for the necessary support, this must be done within a period of no later than 3 months from the termination of the root canal. Crowns or ceramic onlays/overlays are essential for all molar teeth, and the dentist will indicate in which cases they will be necessary for other teeth. Any failed root canal treatments that cannot be retreated successfully by the dentist will often require an extraction, and under the guarantee the costs already paid by the patient for their root canal can be credited towards subsequent treatments at R&H Clínica Dental, for example, an extraction, implant and crown. Root canal re-treatments are not eligible for the guarantee.
- Crowns, Bridges, Veneers, Inlays/Onlays/Overlays: Should any of the ceramic shear or chip off, this will be repaired by composite resin if minor, or if more major the crown and bridge will be removed and an impression taken for a new one to be made by a dental laboratory or by our CEREC machine.
- Partial and Complete Removable Dentures: Should any teeth, acrylic or clasps break off the prosthesis during the guarantee period they will be replaced or repaired free of charge. Any ‘immediate dentures’ (i.e. placed immediately after the extraction of teeth) are not covered under the guarantee, and the cost of the rebase is always charged separately.
- Orthodontics: For the guarantee to remain valid, the upper and lower fixed retainers must remain cemented on all the teeth, and any removable retainers prescribed by the orthodontist must be worn every night. The patient must attend all orthodontic revision appointments as outlined by the orthodontist for the guarantee to remain valid. The guarantee covers that the teeth should during the guarantee period look aesthetically pleasing (according to an independent orthodontists assessment, if necessary), and there should be a healthy occlusion (bite). Any limitations of the treatment, explained by the orthodontist prior to beginning treatment will not be covered by the guarantee.
- Whitening: Whitening is the only treatment for which we cannot provide a time-defined guarantee on because of the following reasons: the perception of colour is very subjective, genetically some people’s teeth whiten far more than others, people’s diet is varied and some people eat a lot of food that has a high staining potential. The only thing we can guarantee is that if your dentist recommends whitening for you your teeth will at least whiten a little, but the extent varies from patient to patient. Any exceptions to this rule will be stated by your dentist or hygienist prior to the commencement of this treatment.