Attending regular examinations keeps your whole mouth- including your teeth, palate, tongue, cheeks, gums, and jaw- cared for and healthy. Routine appointments can catch any issues early on, and prevent them from becoming bigger problems later.
But if you do need treatment, we will discuss all of your options with you, and the positives and negatives of each, so that we can come up with a suitable treatment plan that you are happy with.
Composite fillings are tooth-coloured fillings that bond directly to the tooth. They take longer to place than traditional amalgam (silver) fillings, so are not always available on the NHS and may only be available privately. If you wish to know more, ask your dentist and they will be able to see if you are suitable for a white filling.
Amalgam fillings are silver fillings made from a mixture of mercury and other metals. They rely on the shape of the cavity to stay in place, unlike white fillings. They are faster to place than white fillings, and are available on the NHS. If you would like to know more, ask your dentist or call up our reception team.
Our in-house hygienist, Judie, specialises in deep cleaning, making sure that your teeth and gums are maintained. She will advise you on your home care and how you can help to keep up the cleaning yourself.
Judie is available to our registered patients privately or via a referral from the dentist. For more information please ask your dentist or contact our reception staff.
Dentures are an option if you have missing teeth and wish to fill the gaps in your mouth. Dentures are usually made in 4 separate appointments, a week apart, where the dentist will take impressions and measurements to make them fit your mouth as comfortably as possible.
We also have a specialist denture technician that has a clinic Friday afternoons.
For more information on dentures please speak to your dentist or call up our reception.
Root Canal Treatment is an option to save an infected tooth when the only other option is to have it extracted. The dentist will remove the nerve from the tooth and clean out any infection, and then a filling is placed inside the tooth from the root. This treatment is not guaranteed to work, and has a 60% success rate, but is a chance to save the tooth.
After the treatment, you can maintain it in he same way that you keep your other teeth clean. However, the tooth can become more brittle, so your dentist may suggest having a crown placed on top.
For more information on Root Canal Treatment please speak to your dentist or call up our reception staff.
An extraction is a procedure where the teeth are permanently removed. This usually only requires local anaesthetic, but if you require sedation, or if your medication affects your ability to produce blood clots (blood thinners) which you cannot stop taking prior to the appointment, then you will be referred elsewhere.
Extractions are made to be as pain-free as possible; the only thing you should feel is a pushing sensation.
After the extraction, your dentist will give you instructions on how to care for the socket, and also provide them written down for you to take home.
For more information on extractions, please ask your dentist or ring our reception.