General Dentistry

Check-ups
Check-ups

Check-ups

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Patients who come to our practice for the first time often remark how they have never had a check-up that was as thorough as the one carried out by our dentists. This total “head and neck” examination is done at our practice at every regular dental examination appointment.

We check that all the lymph glands, muscles and joints in the head and neck are healthy. The examination also ascertains whether the surrounding tissues are in good health and that there is no disease or problem in any of the soft and hard tissues in or around the mouth. We carry out specific examinations to the gums and the teeth and a cancer screen is done routinely. X-ray examinations are performed every 2 years.

Any problems found are investigated immediately, and discussed with the patient. We understand that ill health in the mouth could result in ill health in the rest of the body. Choices of treatment are offered and referrals are made right away. We like to be able to reassure our patients that they really are in good health when they leave our surgery, or that any problems found are being immediately addressed.

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Preventive dentistry
Preventive dentistry

Preventive dentistry

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Preventive dentistry is the practice of preventing or minimising the occurrence of tooth decay, gingivitis or periodontitis (gum disease), or any other preventable condition of the mouth or jaws.

We practice preventive dentistry by carrying out regular dental examinations, oral hygiene appointments, and diet, oral hygiene and smoking cessation counselling. We do not hesitate to refer our patients to dental or medical specialists at an early stage of any condition should a professional opinion, advice or treatment be needed.

We show you how to clean your mouth effectively to maintain the health of your gums and teeth and we teach you what to eat to have a healthy lifestyle.

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Periodontics, Scaling & Polishing and Air Flow
Periodontics, Scaling & Polishing and Air Flow

Periodontics, Scaling & Polishing and Air Flow

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Periodontics 

Gum treatment or periodontal disease is treated by periodontics which is the management and treatment of the tissues surrounding and supporting the teeth. Gum disease may be the result of a number of factors such as heredity, diet, lack of oral hygiene, smoking, environmental factors, or other habits. It may affect one tooth or a number of teeth. Gum disease may be the result of a gradual loss of support around the teeth over a long period, or it may occur suddenly. Everyone is susceptible to gum disease, and if not treated, the condition is progressive and may also affect your general health. We check the health of your gums at every dental examination visit.

Scaling & polishing

We recommend regular visits to our dental hygienist to have your teeth cleaned. This cleaning will remove stains and deposits, which build up on your teeth. Patients with sensitive teeth can have their teeth cleaned with a special local anaesthetic that wears off in 20 minutes or have their teeth cleaned with our new air abrasion cleaner.

Professional dental cleaning removes the problem deposits from your teeth that are not cleared by brushing. We recommend regular scaling and polishing at least twice a year.

Air Flow

We now offer airflow teeth cleaning which removes stains and discolouration from teeth painlessly. This is a separate service from scaling and polishing and is provided free of charge to members of our dental care programs.

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Endodontics
Endodontics

Endodontics

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Root treatment or root canal therapy or endodontics is the removal of nerve tissue (pulp) from the inside of the tooth crown and root due to tooth pain in or around a tooth, where there is no alternative for getting rid of pain or an infection. This may be the only way to save the tooth.

The treatment is similar to a long filling appointment. Because of the exacting nature of the treatment, it may be quite expensive and may require a number of appointments.

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Dental emergencies
Dental emergencies

Dental emergencies

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If you require emergency dental treatment during normal clinical hours, you will be seen on the same day, if possible, in order to relieve your problem. Further appointments may be scheduled after that to complete the treatment.

If you need help, out of normal clinical hours, call the practice on 01273 736448. Our emergency messaging service will put you in touch with an emergency dentist. New patients may also use this facility, at the discretion of the emergency dentist.

There is a charge for after hours call outs. If you are a member of one of our dental care schemes or if you have other dental insurance the costs will be paid directly to the emergency dentist or reimbursed to you if you have paid for the call out. The emergency dentist or our practice staff can assist you in filling out a claim form. Please insist on an official practice invoice and receipt when paying for services before you leave the practice.

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Sedation for dental anxiety
Sedation for dental anxiety

Sedation for dental anxiety

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Lots of people are really, really scared of going to the dentist. The fear is of lots of different things from fear of needles to the smell or taste of some of the products used, claustrophobia, people prodding them, or the noise or the feeling of having teeth cleaned or drilled.

Lots of techniques have been used by dentists to get patients to relax. We find the best way for our patients is to speak to them openly and honestly about their fear and how we can control it together. This may be done over one or over a number of appointments until our patient is ready to attempt treatment. Once we agree as to what approach we will both use, control is then handed to our patient so that the treatment can progress comfortably. Our patients know they are always in control of every situation and that we never try to force treatment further than what they are comfortable with.

We use gentle dentistry, solid deep local anesthesia (also known as sedation) administered slowly with the thinnest needles so that our injections are painless, we wait for our patients to be totally numb in the area of treatment, and that the patient is in control at all times. This allows us to gain success with almost all our patients in building their confidence and losing their dental fears so that together we can complete their treatment.

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