Our Services

Our practice provides a range of dental healthcare services. If you have any questions about your own need for treatment or a specific aspect of our service, please call the dental practice or email us.

Services

  • Cosmetic dentistry
  • Crown and bridgework
  • White Fillings
  • Hygienist
  • Tooth whitening
  • Denture services
  • Anxious patients

COSMETIC DENTISTRY

Aesthetic Natural Looking Teeth

Advances in modern materials and techniques mean that we can now offer treatment to improve the shape, colour and appearance of your teeth to give you the confident smile you have always wanted.

Old fillings and broken or missing teeth can make your teeth look unsightly and cause you to hide your teeth and feel embarrassed about smiling. Modern techniques such as crowns, bridges, veneers, tooth coloured fillings, tooth whitening and are all available at the practice. This kind of treatment is aimed at giving you natural looking teeth and restoring confidence in your smile and the ability to eat anything you want.

Crowns and Bridges

 

Crowns are often needed to strengthen and restore a tooth that has been extensively damaged by decay or trauma.

A crown may be required:

 
  • to stop cracks in a tooth spreading.
  • to restore a tooth which has too much filling and too little remaining tooth.
  • to prevent fracture of a tooth after root canal treatment.
  • to improve the appearance of a heavily filled tooth.
  • to a treat persistently sensitive tooth.
 

We now use all-porcelain crowns that contain no metal materials. These crowns give a natural appearance to the tooth and avoids that opaque or greyish look that you often see with metal/ceramic crowns.

 

Bridges are used when teeth are lost or missing. A bridge will prevent movement of the opposing or adjacent teeth into the space. This movement can increase plaque accumulation and trap food, leading to decay or gum disease. A bridge can be made by attaching a false tooth (pontic) to crowns on either side of the gap. This involves drilling down the teeth either side and may involve healthy, unfilled teeth. Another option is an adhesive resin-bonded bridge. This only requires minimal tooth preparation and the false tooth is bonded to the adjacent tooth with small metal wings. This technique is much less destructive to the teeth than a conventional bridge but can more easily 'de-bond'. However, should this occur, the bridge is easily reattached. Bridges can avoid the use of dentures and restore the mouth to it's original appearance and function.

White Fillings

 

We now have much improved materials to restore teeth. They can be carefully matched to the existing tooth colour and will bond to the enamel and dentine of the tooth.

 

We use the ceramic filling technology for larger restorations and crowns, which restore teeth with an accurate, enamel-like material that is strong and durable. For smaller fillings, we use top quality resin based tooth coloured fillings that are bonded to the tooth and set instantly with a blue wavelength light.

 

We no longer have to put up with ugly metal amalgam fillings since we are now in the age of modern, advanced and improved aesthetically pleasing alternatives.
 

HYGIENIST

 

Not all practices have a hygienist, we are very lucky to have Kath Harris as part of the team. Kath has over 15 years experience as a hygienist and she plays a vital role in your dental health care and is mainly concerned with preventive dental health and treating gum disease - showing you correct home care and helping to keep your teeth and gums healthy.

 

Here to help you


Kathryn's main work is to prevent and treat gum disease. This includes professionally cleaning your teeth by removing plaque and tartar (usually called a ‘scale and polish' or a prophylaxis). However, perhaps her most important role is showing you the best way to keep your teeth free of plaque. Plaque is a sticky coating that forms constantly on your teeth. Kathryn can also give advice about diet and about preventing tooth decay. In addition, Kathryn can also place fissure sealants and administer preventative fluoride treatments. Kathryn also has a special interest in cosmetic tooth whitening and offers the ZOOM professional systems.

 

Can your hygienist help prevent dental disease?

 

Kath will carefully remove the hard deposits of tartar (or ‘calculus') that build up on the teeth and teach you how to prevent them coming back. This will do a lot to slow the progress of gum disease.

By talking to you about your diet, and recommending other preventive measures, the hygienist can help you keep to a routine that will slow down tooth decay. Regular visits and advice will help build your confidence in keeping your mouth healthy

What other help can be given to adults?

Adults who have a lot of decay can benefit from having fluoride applied. They can also have anti-bacterial gels and solutions applied under the gum to kill the bacteria causing gum disease. Another very important part of the hygienist's work is showing you and telling you how to look after your mouth at home. The hygienist may also suggest giving up smoking, as this will reduce staining and improve your general health. Research has also shown that smokers have more gum disease and lose more teeth than non-smokers. Your hygienist will be able to advise you on various ways of giving up smoking. They can also give you special advice for home care if you have dental implants or orthodontic appliances.

The permanent (or ‘adult') back teeth can also benefit from having the biting surfaces sealed. This is done by applying a special plastic coating to the biting surface soon after the teeth come through.Scaling and polishing is usually pain free. However, if you do have any discomfort the hygienist can use anaesthetic creams, or give you some local anaesthetic. It is important that you let the hygienist know at the time so they can help with your discomfort.
 

   

Kathryn's Top Tips

 
  • Use a quality electric or power toothbrush and change the head on a regular basis (every three months)
  • Use quality toothpaste, mouthwashes and interdental brushes if I have recommended them
  • Brush your teeth last thing at night and at least one other time during the day
  • Try to cut down on how often you have sugary foods and drinks
  • Chewing sugar free gum for 10minutes after meals can help prevent tooth decay

Tooth Whitening

 

Teeth often become stained and discoloured as we get older, since teeth will gradually absorb colour from things like tea, coffee, red wine and tobacco.

 

Tooth whitening is a simple way to reverse these changes and bring your teeth back to their natural whiteness.

 

If you are unhappy with the colour of your teeth and would like a more confident smile, it is now possible to lighten your teeth by bleaching them with a tooth whitening treatment.

 
  • Home Tooth Whitening
  • ZOOM In Surgery Power Tooth Whitening
 

AQUACARE Tooth Polishing

AQUACARE uses break through technology to deliver a comfortable, quick cleaning procedure by using a fine stream of fluid combined with a tiny volume of powder directed at the teeth to be treated.
 
  • Removes food, coffee, tea, wine and tabacco stains
  • Non-invasive painless cleaning
  • Cleaner and healthier teeth
  • Brighter smile
  • Restores the natural lustre appearance of healthy teeth
  • Provides quick desensitisation upon application

 


Home tooth whitening involves taking impressions of your teeth and then custom made bleaching trays are made in the laboratory. After instructions for use are given in the practice, you are given a supply of tooth whitening gel. This is placed in the tray and this is worn over the teeth for 30 minutes twice a day or overnight The teeth will gradually lighten over a period of 2 to 6 weeks.

   

In surgery we use Philips zoom power tooth whitening system for those of you who want instant results- however we do recommend you have the home kit as well to keep the whitening topped up.

 

In surgery ZOOM power tooth whitening is available for those patients who want instant results and a quick start.

 

The procedure involves applying tooth whitening gel to the teeth and shining a special blue activating light on the teeth. This accelerates the tooth whitening process and after three twenty minute sessions, the whitening produces fantastic results.

 

Tooth whitening is safe and does not damage the teeth and the only side effect is short lived sensitivity in some people.

Denture Services


What is a denture?

 

People wear dentures to replace lost or missing teeth so they can enjoy a healthy diet and smile with confidence. Dentures are either made of acrylic or metal frames. They can either be full (replacing all teeth in Upper or lower jaw) or partial (just filling in spaces left by lost or missing teeth). Metal frames are much stronger and can be a better solution as they are supported by the teeth you have left - they are much smaller than acrylic dentures helping you to speak and eat more easily.

 

How long will dentures last?

 

Treated well they should last many years. As time goes by they may have to be relined or replaced to improve the appearance and fit. Loose dentures can cause discomfort and make eating and talking more difficult. It is therefore important to have your dentures checked on a regular basis before they cause problems.

Anxious Patients

 

Why am I afraid of the dentist?

 

Being afraid of the dentist may mean different things to different people. It will help us greatly if you can tell us what worries you most. We will do our utmost to make your dental treatment as pleasant as possible and make it an acceptable, normal part of life. The good news is that dental techniques have improvedso much over the last few years that modern dental treatment can now be completely painless. Before we start any treatment we will explain what to expect and how long it will take. During your treatment if you need a break just raise your hand and we can stop for a few minutes until you are ready to start again. Once you know you are in control of the situation you will feel more confident.

   
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