From preventative dental care to cosmetic treatment, our commitment is to help you maintain good, healthy teeth for life with each treatment and prevention plan tailored to your individual needs.
Teeth which are decayed or broken can be rebuilt with a filling. Amalgam (mercury) fillings have traditionally been used, but we use tooth coloured composite resin fillings or porcelain inlays to provide you with a more natural ‘look’.
Teeth that are very broken, infected or decayed may need extracting. Dental extractions are normally done with a simple local anaesthetic but arrangements can be made for sedation or a general anaesthetic for more complex surgical procedures. We will advise you on how to replace the gap which is left after the extraction.
Root canal treatment
Root canal treatment (endodontics) is needed when the nerve supply of the tooth becomes infected through decay or injury. This can result in an abscess if left untreated.
The purpose of root canal treatment is to remove all infection from the root canal and clean and fill the root to prevent further infection. This procedure is usually carried out under a dental/rubber dam to prevent re-infection during the procedure and it takes a little longer than a standard filling and is done over multiple visits.
Dental Implants are specially designed screws which are implanted into the jaw and act like natural tooth roots. They are a permanent replacement for missing or damaged teeth and with routine care, dental implants have a high level of success.
Crowns, bridges and veneers
Dental crowns are fitted to protect teeth that are decayed or accidently damaged and are not strong enough to be filled any more. They may be needed after root canal treatment. Also known as caps, crowns are fitted over the remaining part of the tooth, helping to strengthen it and making it look like a whole, natural tooth once more. They are also sometimes needed to help support a dental bridge.
A fixed dental bridge is a dental appliance that replaces one or more natural missing teeth, thereby “bridging” the space between two teeth.
A dental veneer is a thin layer of tooth-coloured material that is put onto the front of the tooth to improve its appearance. The tooth might have been damaged by decay or an accident, or be discoloured.
Over time, teeth gradually yellow in colour. If you drink coffee, tea or red wine, or if you smoke, your teeth will become even more stained anddiscolored. Teeth whitening is an effective way of lightening the natural colour of your teeth without removing any of the tooth surface.
New for patients is direct access to our Dental Hygienists so there is no need to register with us. Our qualified Hygienists can carry out their full scope of practice (except tooth whitening) without needing a prescription from a dentist. Hygienists treatmens include oral health advice, treatment of gum disease, full scale and polish and dietary advice to prevent dental decay.
Providing treatment in this way is an option and those registrants who prefer to continue to provide treatment on prescription may do so. Employers should not expect hygienists to see patients direct if they do not feel confident to do so.
All registrants, including those operating in practices which provide treatment via direct access, must act in the best interests of patients at all times and comply with the GDC’s standards.
Consent: Consent must be obtained from the patient for all treatment undertaken and for any referral to other members of the dental team.
Training:Hygienists who wish to provide treatment direct to patients must be sure that they are trained and competent to do so.
Diagnosis:Hygienists practising under direct access are not expected to make a diagnosis beyond their scope of practice. They also need to have clear arrangements in place to refer patients on who need treatment which they cannot provide.
In all cases, the need for referral should be explained to the patient and their consent obtained. If the patient refuses a referral to a dentist, the possible consequences of this should be explained to them and a note of the discussion made in the patient records.