General Dentistry

We provide all aspects of general dentistry at the clinic, from routine examinations and fillings, through to more complex root canal treatments and crown and bridge work.

All of which will be carried out to the highest standards and care, ensuring that time is taken to explain each step of the process.

Examinations

 

Whether a new or existing patient, each examination will be thorough and detailed. The importance of checking for early signs of tooth damage goes hand in hand with checking the rest of your mouth too.

Oral cancer screening is carried out at each appointment, as well as checking your gum health and jaw joints. Xrays are taken every 2 years to check for early decay or bone loss. Often, issues with teeth can be linked to aspects of your medical health so a full medical history will be taken and regularly updated. We will spend time talking through any concerns you may have with your mouth.

Dental Hygiene

 

Prevention is key when it comes to your oral health. Our dental hygiene appointments will help you maintain healthy gums, prevent bone loss which can lead to tooth loss and prevent dental decay.

Dental plaque bacteria is the cause of many dental problems such as gum disease and tooth decay. If plaque bacteria stays in your mouth long enough, it can harden or calcify to form “tar tar” or calculus. This calculus can cause your gums to become inflamed and bleed and may lead to tooth loss if not removed. We recommend regular hygiene visits at least every 6 months to remove all plaque and tart from your teeth. Our hygiene team will also work with you to assess your oral hygiene and enable you to remove plaque more efficiently as well as offering diet and smoking cessation advice.

White Fillings

We are an amalgam free clinic, which means that we only use tooth coloured materials for our fillings. Traditional silver mercury fillings are a thing of the past here!

Whether a tooth has decayed, broken or chipped, white fillings are used to restore your teeth back to their natural look. By using different shades and layers we produce beautifully realistic teeth, enabling you to smile with confidence.

Root Canal Treatment

Also known as endodontics, root canal treatment is needed when the centre of the tooth called the “pulp” becomes infected or inflamed.

This is usually caused by tooth decay but can also be caused by trauma to the tooth. Often this will manifest itself by means of an abscess and/or dental pain. By cleaning out the root canal inside the tooth and filling it, it can prevent further infections and dental pain, therefore preventing the tooth from being extracted.

Crowns

When a tooth is badly decayed or broken down, a filling may not be suitable due to there being inadequate tooth structure. In this instance, a crown will be suggested by your dentist.

Crowns are usually tooth coloured or gold and after preparation of your remaining tooth will fit over the top, restoring the tooth’s appearance and function. Two appointments are normally required, the first to prepare the tooth, take impressions and fit a temporary crown. Your dental impressions are then sent to a dental laboratory who will make the crown natural tooth shape and colour. The second appointment, usually 2 weeks later, is to fit the permanent crown checking the function and aesthetics before bonding to the existing prepared tooth.

Bridges

A bridge is one option to replace a missing tooth. A bridge uses the teeth either side of a gap to support a false tooth. A bridge can be made from metal, ceramic, or ceramic fused to metal.

Usually, the teeth either side of the gap are prepared for crowns. Sometimes it is possible to use adhesive wings rather than crowns in certain situations. An impression of these prepared teeth is taken and sent to a dental laboratory to expertly create the bridge.

A temporary bridge can be made and fixed over the prepared teeth for around two weeks, whilst the bridge is made.

At a subsequent appointment, the temporary bridge is removed and the new bridge checked for perfect fit, function and appearance. The new bridge is then bonded to the prepared teeth, filling your gap and allowing you to smile with confidence again.

Teeth Grinding Treatment

Teeth grinding, sometimes referred to as bruxism, is a condition where a patient involuntarily grinds their teeth over each other or clenches their teeth. This can happen whilst awake or sleeping. Teeth grinding is an extremely common condition, affecting a high proportion of the population.

Typically, teeth grinding presents with worn, flat or even shortened teeth. Other symptoms include jaw and facial muscle pains, headaches and painful, stiff necks.

As the teeth become more worn, the enamel can be completely lost in some areas, exposing the softer dentine underneath. This can lead to sensitivity and an accelerated rate of tooth wear.

Patients who grind their teeth are at a higher risk of fracturing their teeth and may report frequent chipping of teeth or fillings.

It is important that tooth wear from grinding is detected early and preventative measures are taken. If you have a concern that you may be grinding your teeth, it is important that you ask your dentist if there are any signs of this and if there are any preventative measures that can be taken.

Treatment of teeth grinding can involve the restoration of worn teeth or simply wearing a night guard to protect your teeth from grinding at night.

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